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Edgar and Lucy
Edgar and Lucy | Victor Lodato
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"I love this book." - Lena DunhamEight-year-old Edgar Fini s loyalty is torn between the two women in his life.There s his mother, Lucy, who, though she has moments where she loves him, mostly disappears at night with her various suitors. And then there s his grandmother, Florence, who dotes on him to the point where she is at a loss when he isn t around. Since his father s suicide, Florence and Edgar s relationship has become obsessive, each fully dependent on the other. When Florence suddenly dies, 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. After Conrad separates Edgar from his mother, the man and the boy form a home life of two, isolated deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, an arrangement that is not at all one-sided, even as Lucy, their hometown, and as time goes on, a wider world hunts for the boy.A new literary novel from and Weissberg Award winning playwright and PEN USA Award for Fiction winning writer Victor Lodato, Edgar and Lucy is a masterfully written story of a broken family struggling to stay together."
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Tamra
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Impulse buy at Dollar Tree, because it was the only thing remotely appealing.

squirrelbrain Gorgeous cover! #covercrush 3y
Tamra @squirrelbrain That‘s probably what drew me to it. 🤓 3y
RaimeyGallant lol, love it! 3y
TheBookHippie I liked this book :) I got it as an ARC 3y
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Clwojick
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Most often than not, I‘ll choose a book simply because I love the cover. And if I‘m being truthful, this method barely ever lets me down. After spending my morning surrounded by books, I found numerous contenders for #CoversThatPullYouIn and make you want to get lost in the depths of their pages. This was the first of today‘s adventures.

ReadingRover I love this cover. It looks 3D. 4y
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SarahKat84
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I have claimed this book, human. Do not even try to read it (when he‘s feeling imperious he doesn‘t use contractions. It‘s more intimidating that way) 🐈😼😼

LauraBeth Dilated cat‘s eyes mean serious business 😹 4y
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Brooke_H
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A reluctant pick. Pros: This book was really hard to put down. The story is compelling and the characters are complex and the plot is unique. Cons: Although the book was hard to put down, I never wanted to pick it up. I was filled with anxiety at every plot turn. The writing is not my style. For example, Lodato changes from 3rd-person omniscient over lots of characters (including the pet dog in one chapter) to 1st-person around p500. Why?

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alisiakae
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Wow!! My heart is so full right now. Thank you @Ajessgirl for the surprise box of goodies! It really made my day. The book sounds fascinating! I‘m going down to FL next week to help out during post-chemo week, and I can‘t wait to share the orange and cinnamon tea with my mom!

Your kindness means so much! Thank you!! 💖💖💖

PenguinInFlight That is awesome! How thoughtful. 💜💜💜 5y
TrishB Lovely 💕 5y
DeborahSmall Lovely ❤️ 5y
Ajessgirl I‘m so glad! Sending good vibes to your mom! 5y
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DivineDiana
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Pickpick

Edgar is an albino. He is bullied, suffers from family problems and wants to be loved. I listened to the audio version read by the author, whose voice drew me into the story. Was not enjoying it at times, particularly because of graphic sex scenes. Held out to the end to reach an opinion. Interesting conclusion with much to consider.

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peacegypsy
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Mehso-so

I couldn‘t decide if I liked or disliked it, which is a quandary in a reader‘s world. So, so-so.

DivineDiana Still working on it! Almost finished. Holding out to the end before I decide. 5y
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DivineDiana
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Reading this yesterday and bingo, a book for this prompt! Funny how the brain won‘t let go! Don‘t want to give any spoilers. But Lucy‘s husband has a plan! #Idieyoudie #nuyear *image from deviant art

TrishB Well done 👍🏻 persistence paid off 😁 5y
DivineDiana @TrishB Thank you! 5y
RaimeyGallant I'm in love with this image. The book sounds good too! 5y
Alismcg just finished this one in Readathon, so much to think about... so much to hold close, but the detailed coarseness of sex scenes was way too much for me and devalued the read. 5y
DivineDiana @Alismcg I just finished. Agree about the sex scenes. Too much for my taste. Glad I stuck with it. Lots to think about. 5y
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DivineDiana
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First Playaway of the New Year!

MidnightBookGirl Love the pic! 5y
DivineDiana @MidnightBookGirl Thank you! Aren‘t those glasses fun?!? 5y
GripLitGrl Great pic!!💗 5y
DivineDiana @GripLitGrl Thank you and a Happy 2018! 5y
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jpmcwisemorgan
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I took on chance on this one. I rarely chose to buy books that have blurbs from reviews taking up most of the description. It‘s a pet peeve of mine. I want to know what the book is about, not how fabulous reviewers from magazines, etc. think of it. I prefer reviews from Amazon or a Litsy. It‘s mixed here but it was $2.99 so it might be worth it.

Rachel.Rencher I feel the same way! 5y
emilyhaldi I bought this too many months ago... Still haven't picked it up! 5y
DivineDiana Just started the audio! 5y
jpmcwisemorgan @DivineDiana Keep me posted! 5y
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Leigh0906
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Made a quick stop at Books-a-Million on my way home this afternoon and picked this up from the bargain section. I‘ve seen rave reviews on #Litsy, but I mostly bought it because I love the cover 😝 #bookhaul #bookishconfession

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InnerSavvy
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37 books at our library book sale for $31. Woohoo. I was looking for Christian Fiction or to complete series I own. Love book sales. Tomorrow I work it so will probably will find a few more.

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elainemckinley
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This epic follows mother Lucy, her son Edgar and their other dysfunctional family members back and forth through time and between life and death. I think what I loved most about this book is that each character is flawed so deeply, sometimes through their choices and sometimes because of choices made for them, that it makes choosing a hero difficult. Excellent, beautiful prose. 10/10 recommend!

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5y
elainemckinley @RaimeyGallant thank you! Loving the book community so far!! 5y
Jess7 Welcome! 5y
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Howardsimmons
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Mehso-so

It's impossible not to love Edgar, but the story began to drag when it focused on Lucy, his perpetually angry, terrible mother, and I think it could have used a good trimming. It's about 100 pages too long. And a sudden shift to first-person at the end (only to go back to third) made me groan.

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AmandaRae
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Mehso-so

This book was sort of confusing and all over the place to me. It felt like the author refused to take anything out so it is jam packed with words... It wasn't a bad read and I had to finish it. It wasn't my cup of tea but was interesting for trying a new author.

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Howardsimmons
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One of those books where it seems the author refused to cut anything out, even if it doesn't move the story or offer insight into its main characters. Way too many pages given to tertiary characters that just make the novel feel bloated. A hundred pages from end and it's barely holding my interest when it should be compelling me to race through its pages.

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AmandaRae
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We ate going to try something different this time. I have never read anything by this author so I hope it is good.

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Airykah13
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I'm very surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The beginning was slow for me but it picked up in the middle. Towards the end all I wanted was for Edgar to be reunited with his mom! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Airykah13
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8 hours of reading, not too bad! It's only 8pm here but I still need to get a workout in and and prep for the work week. Looking forward to the next #24in48 😀

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Airykah13
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Finally don't have to work during #24in48 -- got my pillow and just need to get some snacks 🙌🏾❤️ @24in48

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capriciousreader
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I couldn't resist the cover.

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auntie_jenn
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tbh, the endorsement from Lena Dunham almost turned me away, but, oh! worth all 533 pages! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

BooksForEmpathy This is waiting for me! I needed some motivation to pick it up off my shelves and start reading!! 6y
auntie_jenn @BooksForEmpathy it's a little slow to start, but i loved Edgar and had to follow his story. do it! 6y
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auntie_jenn
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progress. #bigbook

AThousandLives87 I like big books and I cannot lie... 😊. This is in my mount TBR. 6y
auntie_jenn @AThousandLives87 that was my tag the first time i posted about this book! 6y
AThousandLives87 @auntie_jenn Lmao. Great minds think alike! 6y
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PandaPanda
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The characters in this book all have different obsessions that influence their lives (and also frustrates the reader) #obsession #MayBookFlower @RealLifeReading

JuliaTheBookNerd Totally agree! 📚❤️ 6y
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Redwritinghood
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed the writing in this strange story about a strange little boy and his family. The family seems to be followed by bad luck - mental illness, abuse, medical conditions, child abduction - but they persevere. I really enjoyed this one on audio. The author did a pretty good job with the narration.

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auntie_jenn
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i like big books and i cannot lie..

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Loretta
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A close up of the three #Booktopia book stacks. These were the books being presented at the event by the authors.

Since only 90 people are permitted to attend, I managed to have many conversations with some of them, including the lovely Victor Lodato. (More on that later.)

These were all purchased in advance to be read before the event, other than The Leavers, which came out 3 days before the start.

Cinfhen Not sure what all this is about, but your book stacks are AWESOME 😍😍😍 6y
MicheleinPhilly Ugh. I'm so jealous of you right now. I am having SERIOUS book haul itch right now! 6y
ErikasMindfulShelf Thanks for the close ups!😍😍 6y
Dogearedcopy LOL, I just found out Victor Lodato lives in my neighborhood! Seems like everyone has run into him but me! 6y
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Redwritinghood
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I can identify with Edgar. I feel like this on most days. 😊😋

readinginthedark Yep. I have a date with the ice cream in my freezer and a memoir tonight. 6y
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Redwritinghood
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Starting this new audiobook. Read by the author so first thought - Oh, no.

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KilgoreTrout
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I think that about half of the books I've read in the past year are because of this wonderful community, but this is the most recent! #GRABBYHANDS @Liberty

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Reader651
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This book is SO good! Original, affecting and engrossing. Lodato's storytelling is so clear and honest I feel like it will stick with me for a long time. Don't miss an opportunity to pick this book up. Your heart will weep for Edgar, you'll likely feel anger, pity and loathing for almost everyone else, while unable to tear yourself away from their struggle with life's disappointments.

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BethFishReads
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I think this would be an awesome read in print. I'm slogging thru in audio for a freelance assignment. This is why I almost never listen to author-read audios. Stilted, almost unvarying cadence. UGH. Yet I can still tell there is probably a beautiful novel here. Read this in print. Trust me.

auntie_jenn great to know...it's not moving up in my pile quickly enough, so i was going to switch to audio. will hold onto my hard copy 👍🏻 6y
BethFishReads @auntie_jenn stick with print 6y
BornReadChicago Ah, now I see why you might not do author read! I go for memoirs, and those usually have good audio when read by the author 😉 6y
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Suzze
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In case my Secret Santa is lurking, if you look on my Goodreads lists, the one titled "don't own yet" is....well...just that! ? I have been accumulating for my pal. So exciting!

LibrarianRyan I like that idea. I just have one that lists what I do own. It's shorter. 6y
Suzze @LibrarianRyan nope. Opposite. My own not yet read list has 361. I can't stop! 😜 6y
Clare-Dragonfly Hmm... maybe I should do that for next time I do an exchange. It takes away some of the serendipity, but with hundreds of books available, it doesn't limit serendipity that much 😁 6y
Suzze @Clare-Dragonfly I looked at my pal's Goodreads to get an idea of what she wanted to read. Since I don't know if she already bought any of them, I'm going for that type books. 6y
Bookladylinda What a great idea!!!! 6y
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KilgoreTrout
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I can't believe that this book was almost a bail for me! It was really such a beautiful story and I'm so glad I powered through the slow start. I listened to the audiobook and I wish I could redo it in print, I think it would be even more moving to see the words on the page.

Chelsea.Poole Love this one!!❤️ 6y
Loretta I 💜💜💜 this book 6y
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imabusybee
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I love bookish mail..arrived today.

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angrylilasian
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I love it when I go to the library and they're giving away old ARCs! Free books!! 😆

ephemeralwaltz Jealous!!! 6y
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Bluzygrl
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Another rainy day on the east coast, so I'm curled up with a book and cat. I love this book, I'm depressed by this book. The characters are complicated in a way that I can't fall in love with them. I'm almost half way in, so I'm hoping this changes.

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jlondon1963
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You are pulled in slowly until you are knee deep and unable to turn away from the depth of the characters and story.

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Booksnob
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Edgar & Lucy & Titus

Booksnob Found in a Little Free Library today. I think the right book chose me. 6y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Beautiful cover 😍 6y
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KilgoreTrout
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I finally hit a stride with this one and was enjoying it, had about an hour and a half left and then…

LauraBeth ☹️☹️ 6y
Megabooks 😢☹️ 6y
Merethebookgal 😭 the worst! 6y
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Well-ReadNeck Nooooooooooooooo! 6y
drokka Buuuuuumer. 6y
rachellayown 😣 6y
Loretta Dang. I loved this one. 6y
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CityLitBooks
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"Edgar and Lucy" and "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" are some of our current favorites, so we are very excited to have Victor Lodato and Kathleen Rooney here tonight at 6:30!



#citylitbooks #logansquare #chicago #bookstagram #book #signing #author #reading #igreads #makeamericareadagain #tonight

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KilgoreTrout
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I'm having a lot of trouble getting through this audiobook. I'm only about a fifth of the way through and I have to keep going back to the reviews to remind myself that people think this is a good one. Maybe it's the authors narration, or maybe the story just isn't for me. What did you think? Is it worth muddling through?

PandaPanda I just finished reading it yesterday. I had some issues getting through it but I was satisfied with the end and ended up really liking it. Though audio may make it seem a little endless I imagine. 6y
Notafraidofwords when you need reassurance, that's not good... 6y
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PandaPanda
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Finally finished this! In the end I really loved it. There were times where I was super frustrated with the characters but I think it all came together nicely for me. After a slow start I was super engaged the rest of the time, especially for a book this long. Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys fast paced books and doesn't mind putting some time in for some good back story.

minkyb Nice review! 6y
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PandaPanda
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Book, lavender tea, and a comfy couch. Nothing could be better! #happysunday

TheKidUpstairs Love that mug. It's beautiful! 6y
PandaPanda @TheKidUpstairs thank you! It's from David's Tea. Can't get enough of their stuff. 6y
TheKidUpstairs David's Tea is the BEST! Their Earl Grey Rooibos is one of the few non-black teas that can satisfy my cravings for black tea when I want to skip the caffeine. And their Cold 911 saves me when I start to feel a sore throat coming on. 6y
PandaPanda @TheKidUpstairs yess!!! Glad I'm not the only one who sees their magic. 6y
Melissa_J I adore David's tea. My current favourite is their Coconut Cream Pie oolong. 6y
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Loretta
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Wow. This was a big, messy book that I loved in a big, messy way. It explores grief, memory, how we understand our lives and the lives of those we love, all while being TRULY unpredictable.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My full review is here: http://bit.ly/2nGw6C2

💕🖤

CouronneDhiver Sounds amazing! 6y
Dolly That cover! 6y
Loretta @Dolly The cover is GORGEOUS. The end papers inside the hardcover are also a beautiful blood red. My only complaint is the placement of the blurb. 6y
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Loretta @CouronneDhiver I will say it's not for everyone, but I Loved it. It's just a wee bit weird. 😁 (edited) 6y
Chelsea.Poole Loved it!! 6y
Chelsea.Poole Loved it!!! 6y
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Loretta @TobeyTheScavengerMonk This book was heavy. I just finished. Still processing though I absolutely loved it. 💜 6y
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