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Lucy by the Sea

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After starting Lucy At The Sea, I understood why I delayed reading it.  I felt like I was reading Lucy’s (or Strout’s )journal.   Her private diary was being aired in these pages of her anxiety, fear, alertness and panic during the pandemic of 2020.  This is my third read where politics and opinions and perhaps propaganda is brought in with the lockdown.  I read for pleasure and want awed, spooked, thrilled, chocked up etc, not reliving what was on news 24/7 in NY.  Unfortunately, this story is all about 2020.  Not my interest.  Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group.
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I went into this book completely blind and I'm so glad I did. Had I known the COVID pandemic would be a key player, in a way a character in the book itself, I might not have read it. I'm so glad I did. Lucy was a fascinating character to me, her inner dialogue, her observations, relationships with others, especially her daughters....she was so simple yet so complex. I enjoyed "living through" the early stages of the pandemic again through her eyes. Very cool to see Olive Kitterigde mentioned a few times in this one, too! I totally recommend for folks who enjoy a slow burn character driven story. I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read in exchange for my honest review!
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Of all the Lucy books in this series, this was my least favorite. Lucy and her ex-husband are riding out the pandemic together in a charming little house by the sea (it would've been nice to have the means to do that in reality!). The book felt a little melodramatic and slow but  a nice conclusion to the series (I'm assuming that will be the last in the Amgash series?). The girls are grown and seem to be thriving after a few bumps in the road and William and Lucy are comfortable growing old together.
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This an emotional read set during the pandemic. This book showed how the pandemic affected the world.  The characters were well developed.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book.  My opinions are my own.
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I loved this!  It was Lucy’s viewpoint of her relationship with her husband, her relationship with her ex husband, and her relationship with her daughters. Of 2020 when everyone first went into lockdown. I loved her musings and her honesty about herself and those around her.
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I received an egalley of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley (Thank you!). 

I have said before in past reviews that I would read Elizabeth Strout's musings as she watched paint dry. In some ways, she put my statement to the test in this novel. This is a pandemic story in the most direct sense of the word - the main character Lucy and her ex-husband William escape New York City to a house on the coast of Maine in an effort to stay healthy during the pandemic. The novel goes through her thoughts on the pandemic and her children as she worries about them from a distance. 

I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone averse to pandemic reading. Even for me, it was a bit of a slog. as it's not something triggering to me but still not something I care to revisit. The politics of 2020 are also mentioned, although briefly and not with much of a position (though it's obvious who Lucy and her husband voted for). 

What I find fascinating about this book is the line between memoir and fiction. It's clear Strout draws on much of her own life experiences to tell the story. For awhile, I really thought it was simply a memoir, but evidently, it is not. 

At the end of the day, fans of Strout and her series about Lucy Barton will want to pick his up and enjoy another missive from her. I would hesitate to recommend to any new readers.
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I WILL be reading more by Elizabeth Strout, however Lucy by the Sea just did not capture my attention.  Perhaps it was the setting of lockdown due to Covid, but I just could not stay with this story,
Thank you NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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I wish I'd seen that I was approved for this one, I really wanted to read it! It is no longer available for download.
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A novel set during the pandemic is just not a great idea right now, if you ask me. None of us want to re-live the last three years, we were all there. No, we didn’t all have the same experience, but social media made it so that we knew all these different versions. Despite this, I just adore Elizabeth Strout’s writing so much. I can’t just give it two stars, which is what I would do if it weren’t for her recognizable voice in the book.
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Lucy again, with William, going through the COVID-19 pandemic together. I love how they can be more themselves and independent than they were during their marriage. They are still each other’s person, and that security enables them to explore their lives in new directions. Lucy ends up in Maine, living with William, who somewhat manipulatively chooses the location for them. Lucy and William are each able to address old wounds and find new friends and interests along the way. Their daughters play a larger part in this book than in other “Lucy’ books, and their adult lives and struggles were interesting to learn about. We see how they have grown up with the support that Lucy didn’t have, and she recognizes that there are things she can do, and things she cannot. The most important thing is just to be there, through the awkwardness and discomfort. We get through life the best we can, and that’s enough. Thank you, Lucy, for having the strength to be you. Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.
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A very emotional read set in the pandemic. This book conveyed the pandemic and how it affected the world perfectly. The characters were brilliant and I loved the writing style. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Elizabeth Strout , does it again

I mean, did we expect anything else?

I completely fan-girled out last year after reading "Olive, Again", last year and fell in love with Elizabeth Strout’s writing style. Right then, after concluding, I knew that Strout, would join my list of "auto buy authors" . 

I love the way Strout throws us right into the chaos. The suspense is present early on. The character development is on point and each one of the characters come to life between the pages. The twist will get everyones pulse racing and left me in pure shock. 

This is a MUST READ for everyone, no matter your preferred genre. 

Lucy by the Sea, is out now, so there is no need to wait!  Head on over to your favorite bookstore and buy the book! 


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 on-again, off-again 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.

Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear and struggles that come with isolation, 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.
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I liked My Name is Lucy Barton, but Lucy by the Sea is fantastic. 

As the pandemic begins, Lucy and her ex-husband William flee NYC for a cabin in Maine. Strout manages to tell a Covid-era story in a way that helps us see the complexities of our fellow humans and choices we each had to make. She doesn’t shy away from the social and political issues we lived through, but also presents the reader with additional perspectives we may not have considered. 

I loved listening to Lucy ‘s thoughts on grief, motherhood, and love. Strout doesn’t miss with her Amgash tales. 

Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Lucy's stories are written in such a unique perspective.  The author has the skill to write this is a journal and she has captured so many emotions from the Pandemic (2020-2022).  Reading it in 2023, I was surprised by all the strangeness that I have already cast aside from that time period.  
I greatly enjoyed the book and was glad I had read her prior novels to know Lucy's background.
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I respect Elizabeth Strout greatly.  This is another very strongly written piece of literary fiction.  This just ultimately isn't what I want to read right now, but this absolutely has strong appeal for libraries.
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What is there to say about this book? Strout's writing is tremendously smooth and compelling, pulling the reader along into Lucy and William's lives. I wasn't sure I wanted to read a book set during the pandemic, but I found it quite comforting to escape the city for the sea alongside the characters. I definitely cried throughout the book and had big feelings along with Lucy and William! I'm sure I'll return to this one again in the future.
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This book takes place during a pandemic and Lucy represents the regular people and how the events of that time affected us. This would be a fantastic piece of literature to read decades from now, to understand how it all happened and how people felt. I liked that the book was character and plot driven but the dialogue felt simplistic and somewhat repetitive. 
Overall, if the events of 2020-2021 are not triggering to you, try this book but be aware that it might be too close to painful memories for many readers.
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I love Elizabeth Strout. Usually. This book was a big miss for me. 
I was able to get through it, but it felt very "off" to me the entire way. There were SO many topics covered during a pandemic, it was just too much and felt scattered. 
It seemed to want to address every hot button issue and agenda all at once. I'm fine with subtle agenda mentions and references, but it was a LOT. 
Thankful for the ARc, even though I did not love it.
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Thank you for a copy of this book. This tells the story of Lucy at the beginning of Covid lockdown, fleeing her busy Manhattan life for a quiet cabin by the sea with her ex and friend. I loved the setting...didnt we all dream of escaping to a beautiful house by the sea in lockdown, but what if it wasn't all it was cracked up to be? The author makes the setting a character, and has great character development as we get to know these characters during this stressful time. I enjoyed this and empathized with Lucy.
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I enjoyed my time with Lucy again, seeing how she made it through the pandemic with William. A nice slow, cozy read.
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