Edgar and Lucy

Edgar and Lucy

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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.
When eight-year-old Edgar Fini's doting grandmother Florence suddenly dies, Edgar's mother Lucy is thrown into the role of main caretaker and doesn't know how to handle her new job. But as Edgar and Lucy adjust, they must also deal with Ron, a local butcher who wants to court Lucy, and Conrad, an unsettlingly attentive adult whose intentions are at one more sinister and more innocent than Edgar could ever know. This is a masterfully written story of a broken family struggling to stay together.
Publisher: New York, New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250096982
Characteristics: 533 pages ; 25 cm

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marynz
Oct 04, 2017

It's only from reading another comment that I remember this book was over 500 pages. It didn't feel at all arduous, with beautiful writing and an engaging plot and original characters. One of my top books of 2017.

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readerF451
Aug 27, 2017

A satisfying, suspenseful read.

Lodato has done an admirable job of capturing the turmoil and damage that comes from a family where secrets and falsehoods are used to protect the very young main character, Edgar Allen Fini, from truth of the death of his father by suicide.

A relationship triangle of Edgar, his ill-suited for motherhood mother Lucy, and his fierce grandmother Florence forms the core of the first section of the book. Edgar's relationship with Conrad, a man with his own secrets and pain, informs the second half. This book is about compassion, pain, acceptance and ultimately redemption. Along the way Lodato introduces many peripheral characters, all of whom are portrayed with a real understanding of human frailty and sensitivity to the human condition.

The synopses of this book online will give you an idea of the novel, but it won't do justice to the writing itself. At 532 pages, it is a long read, but one I felt worth the journey.

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