Edgar and lucy book review
Edgar and Lucy by Victor LodatoPlacing a young child at the center of a narrative is a tricky move. Children are, well, childish, full of faulty observations and unreliable conclusions. A novel requires some kind of trouble, and watching a child navigate peril is harder on the heart than observing adult woes. It can feel facile, this ostensible shortcut to empathy, and requires a certain authority to prevent the whole enterprise from tipping into implausibility or soppy sentimentality. But this is familiar territory for Lodato, who is also a playwright and a poet. Grief is still the heart of the matter here, but Lodato is working in a broader register that includes other, mostly adult, points of view. In movement he was awkward; in stillness he possessed a natural grace, remarkable van Eyck hands, a long neck worthy of Pontormo.
Edgar and Lucy
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Thank you! The life of a young albino boy in suburban New Jersey is permanently marked by two tragedies, neither of his making. In his ambitious but less focused follow-up, the author switches genders to focus on the life-changing events that shape an 8-year-old boy. The final half of the book depicts the strange relationship between Edgar and a man named Conrad who committed a terrible trespass against his own son. These characters hurtle toward a climax that begins to defy plausibility—the author ties things up with a jarring change in voice at the end—but readers who make it that far are apt to be enraptured already.
MW: Edgar and Lucy was a nine-year project for you. Did you work on it solidly throughout or was it a book you abandoned and kept coming back to? How have you changed in those nine years since you began the story? VL: This book was more of a ten-year project. It felt kind of crazy to spend so much time working on a single project. And I think that writing this book did change me.