"On every page Lodato's prose sings with a robust, openhearted wit, making Edgar & Lucy a delight to read...Lodato keeps us in his thrall because his grip on the tiller stays reassuringly firm. Not to mention the supporting cast he's gathered, a group so eclectic and beguiling that many of them could carry an entire novel of their own. A riveting and exuberant ride."Cynthia D'Aprix-Sweeney, The New York Times Book Review
"Wonder-filled and magisterial...Lodato's skill as a poet manifests itself on every page, delighting with such elegant similes and incisive descriptions…His skill as a playwright shines in every piece of dialogue…And his skill as a fiction writer displays itself in his virtuoso command of point of view. The book pushes the boundaries of beauty."Chicago Tribune
"Edgar isn't like other boys and Lucy isn't like other moms, but grandma Florence keeps them tied to reality. And then their lives take a sharp turn...This otherworldly tale will haunt you."People
"A stunningly rendered novel."Entertainment Weekly
"A quirky coming-of-age novel that deepens into something dark and strange without losing its heart or its sense of wonder." Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of The Leftovers
Edgar and Lucy is a page-turning literary masterpiece, a stunning examination of family love and betrayal.
Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear, not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.
Profound, shocking, and beautiful, Edgar and Lucy is a thrilling adventure and the unlikeliest of love stories.
"This tale gradually exerts a fiendish grip on the reader." Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
"I tore through the luminous pages of Edgar and Lucy as if possessed…What this book has to say about love and truth will stay with me for a very, very long time."Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates
"I love this book. Profoundly spiritual and hilariously specific...an unusual and intimate epic that manages to capture the wonder and terror of both child and parenthood with an uncanny clarity."Lena Dunham, bestselling author of Not That Kind of Girl
"Victor Lodato may be our bard of the sadness, humor, and confusion of loss. He senses the absurdities and elation of mourning and childhood with a capacious precision that brings to mind J.D. Salinger, Lorrie Moore, Karen Russell, even James Joyce. Edgar and Lucy will make you feel things you haven't felt in ages." Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West
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About the Author
VICTOR LODATO is a playwright and the author of the novel Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN Center USA Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Victor was born and raised in New Jersey and currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona.
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this is such a well written piece of literature! I had to stop myself from peeking ahead it was so full of sudpense and twists! Read it! you wont be sorry!
Edgar is eight years old and oblivious. Not to his mothers near inability in regards to mothering, or to the tensions that exist between the two most important women in his young life, or even to the hush that seems to fall at the mention of his father. No what Edgar is oblivious to, is why those things are happening. Confused at the conflicting messages he has received from his mother and his recently deceased grandmother, Edgar desperately seeks a male role model to help him make sense of the world he inhabits, and in his desperation stumbles into the innocently sinister open arms of a stranger. Victor Lodato has written a masterpiece of fiction that explores the complex duality of human nature as well as human interaction. His prose, beautifully written and timeless, allows the reader to experience the story he tells as both an emotion and an encounter. Reading it is reminiscent to the sensation of remembering; which is simultaneously a new and old experience, both familiar and unexplored. The novel is filled with authorial intent that has successfully broken what many consider to be literary stigmas. Using three separate perspectives and a strangely omniscient third person narrator, this book has seamlessly woven the contrasting lights of age and youth, masculinity and femininity, as well as ignorance and knowledge, to shine on a story that is strangely singular. Edgar and Lucy is a pleasure to read --though “reading” doesn’t seem to be big enough to describe this particular interaction-- and is certainly worth every word.
Edgar and Lucy is a beautiful story of a small, broken family who is dealing with the recent death of Frank, their father, son, and husband. Each character is trying to cope with the recent loss as well as other skeletons that may be hiding in their closets. As the story unfolds, these characters can’t hide the bones under old dresses and sneakers anymore. Largely from the perspective of eight-year-old Edgar, the language is innocent and naïve without being annoying or stupid. Lodato approaches the voice in a way that’s mature, while still making it believable that the reader is in the mind of a child. Lodato introduces an almost magical realistic element to the story, leaving the reader beautifully questioning what is reality, and what is just purely made up. Lodato brings up the question: when a love one passes away, are they ever really gone? Through the many characters met and hardships experienced throughout the story, Edgar tries to find his identity, as he feels like a replacement to his family and others. To his grandmother, he is a replacement for her late son. To his mother, he is a replacement for loved ones she lost in the past. Edgar’s innocence proves to be both a blessing and a curse, as his innocence puts him in dangerous situations. In a story that deals with grief, loss, identity, and masculinity and femininity, Lodato never fails to forget voice or character, and that’s something that will stick with the reader forever.
Victor Lodato has a power to create characters that are not only real, but relatable and true. In his novel, Edgar and Lucy, he a builds beautifully authentic pair of mother and son, struggling through page-turning growth and healing. In his book, Lodato takes us to the surreal and back again, picks us up with open hearted wit, and makes us fall in love with the process of learning to love again. Lodato puts us in the mind of a Edgar, a small albino child and takes us on the journey of a lifetime, albeit a frightening and strange journey. The twists and turns you find along the way make you wonder if you’ll ever be the same. Lodato’s experiences as poet and playwright sing through in his novel, the pages are filled with thrilling prose and witty dialogue. Through every page you will find yourself mesmerized by the beauty of the words and the theatrical build of the plot. Themes such as death, fear, forgiveness and personal growth saturate the book and touch your heart in a way you never knew you could be touched before. Lucy brings out your own personal failings and makes you confront your own mistakes and fears. Edgar brings out your childlike sense of wonder, Lodato’s ability to write from the mind of an 8-year-old is uncanny. Edgar and Lucy will leave you breathless, bring you to tears and inspire you to call your loved ones and tell them how much you love them.
I could say so much about this book. Clearly, it’s written beautifully—read the first chapter, read the blurb on the back cover; Lodato’s word mastery is in itself reason to read Edgar and Lucy, reason to read everything that he’s ever written. (Victor, I fangirl over you like Hazel does over Peter Van Houten: I would read your grocery lists, I really would). But it’s not the writing exactly that makes Edgar what it is. Lodato creates (in a more muted way) the grotesque character of Flannery O’Conner’s work. These people intrigue and disgust me. I sympathize with them and I contend with them. Lodato doesn’t shy away from the reality of the human: these are people and this is life and both are messy, imperfect, and good. I have never found a book that does this as seamlessly and effectively as Edgar. When I finished this book, I knew who these people were. This book is so convoluted and riveting. Without spoiling anything, I must say that Edgar is not as it seems; it goes places that have never crossed your mind prior to first 50 pages, then 100, then 200. It’s one of those books you stay up late to read; you put it in the back of your pants and read it on the bus, in the middle of class; you spill things on it because you’re reading when you eat and you’re reading it in the bath. Steel yourselves. It’s a ride. As a forewarning, Lodato’s work is very adult. There’s explicit sex, language, and themes, so proceed with caution, I guess. Such is the reality of people.
I keep going back, reading a few pages, trying to get into the story. I haven't been able to connect with the story.