Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout returns with her sparse but beautiful prose in Lucy by the Sea, book four in the Amgash series.


It’s the early days of 2020 when COVID-19 was making its way around the world. Lucy watches it with feelings of detachment while her ex-husband William whisks her away from NYC to a small town in Maine. Initially, she believes it’ll only be for a few weeks but eventually realizes she will never return to her apartment.

While Lucy is in lockdown with William, she reflects on their shared history, her relationship with her grown children, her traumatic childhood, and all the turmoil and tension since 2020.

Review of Lucy by the Sea

Themes of memory, loneliness, and grief are touched on throughout this novel.

I think I read a review where someone likened Lucy’s story to sitting down with your grandmother and listening to her chat with you. It does have an intimate feeling.

I highly recommend this series if you haven’t started it already. Each book is on the shorter side, but all are impactful and thought-provoking.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 20 September 2022

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