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Bookfair Justin Fall 2022: Adult

Lucy by the Sea
A Novel
By (author): Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout


Random House



Product Form:



General Trade
Sep 20, 2022
$37.00 CAD


8.52in x 5.79 x 1.07 in | 0.93 lb

Page Count:

304 pages
Random House
FICTION / Literary
From Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout comes a poignant, pitch-perfect novel about a former couple in lockdown together—and the love, loss, despair, and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart.

With her trademark spare, crystalline prose—a voice infused with “intimate, fragile, desperate humanness” (The Washington Post)—Elizabeth Strout once again turns her exquisitely-tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, this time following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William! through the early days of the pandemic.

As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and longtime friend, William. For the next several months, it’s just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea. They will not emerge unscathed.

Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear, struggles, and isolation that come with life in a global pandemic, as well as the hope, peace, and possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us even when we’re apart—the pain of a beloved daughter’s suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship, and the comfort of an old, enduring love. “We all live with people—and places—and things—that we have given great weight to,” Lucy says. “But we are weightless, in the end.”

Story Locale: Maine

CONSISTENT BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Strout’s previous novels have sold a combined 3.5 million copies and have been New York Times bestsellers

A SEQUEL THAT ALSO STANDS ALONE: One need not have read OH WILLIAM!, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, or MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON to read this book; it functions completely as a stand-alone piece of work.

STROUT’S UNIQUE TAKE ON LOVE, LOSS, AND HOPE: Explores universal themes of despair, resilience, and companionship from Strout’s unique, nuanced, and hopeful perspective.

EASTER EGGS FOR STROUT LOVERS: Longtime fans should look closely for cameos by beloved Strout characters Bob Burgess and, yes, Olive Kitteridge.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR OH WILLIAM!: “It’s not for nothing that Strout has been compared to Hemingway. In some ways, she betters him.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “’Oh William!’ is a testament to the way that making a family — in Lucy’s case through marriage and motherhood — creates a fresh structure of myth and meaning atop the primal one.”—The New York Times “So much intimate, fragile, desperate humanness infuses these pages, it’s breathtaking. Almost every declaration carries the force of revelation.”—The Washington Post

Elizabeth Strout is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Oh William!; Olive, Again; Anything Is Possible, winner of the Story Prize; My Name Is Lucy Barton; The Burgess Boys; Olive Kitteridge, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine.

Author Residence: Brunswick, ME

Author Hometown: Portland, ME

Marketing: Pre-pub consumer outreach and reviews

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Publicity: National media attention

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Author Website: elizabethstrout.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @LizStrout

Praise for Lucy by the Sea

“No novelist working today has Strout’s extraordinary capacity for radical empathy, for seeing the essence of people beyond reductive categories, for uniting us without sentimentality. I didn’t just love Lucy by the Sea; I needed it. May droves of readers come to feel enlarged, comforted, and genuinely uplifted by Lucy’s story.”The Boston Globe

Praise for Elizabeth Strout

“One proof of Elizabeth Strout’s greatness is the sleight of hand with which she injects sneaky subterranean power into seemingly transparent prose. Strout works in the realm of everyday speech, conjuring repetitions, gaps and awkwardness with plain language and forthright diction, yet at the same time unleashing a tidal urgency that seems to come out of nowhere even as it operates in plain sight.”The New York Times Book Review

“Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith

“Strout animates the ordinary with an astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air.”The New Yorker

“Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages are a miraculous achievement.”—Ann Patchett

“Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue.”—Hilary Mantel

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