Edgar and Lucy (Hardcover)
This is a love letter to family, a tale of familial redemption, and a lovely character study of a struggling mother and her iconoclastic son. Victor Lodato utilizes familiar tropes to tell his story of a fractured family and their difficult journey to healing and love (a wise child, a grieving mother, a strong ethnic background), but he surprises the reader at nearly every turn. The result is the delightful, sad, funny, and heart-warming tale of one family split apart -- the mother by grief over the loss of her husband, the son by the loss of his beloved grandmother -- and their inability to connect with each other through their grief.— From William Recommends
March 2017 Indie Next List
“Edgar and Lucy is about a terribly broken family that faces crisis after crisis yet never gives up trying to be a family. The main narrator is eight-year-old Edgar, a child brilliant beyond his years but who has a problem relating to almost everyone except his grandmother, Florence. Edgar's mother, Lucy, loves him in her own way but thanks to Florence, Lucy really doesn't need to make much of an effort. When Florence dies, everything changes. A stunning novel, dark at times, raw and bold, written with an uncanny feel for life and death, Edgar and Lucy kept me spellbound waiting for its conclusion but unwilling for the story to end.”
— Nancy McFarlane (E), Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
How do you love the son you never expected to have?
How do you love the mother who can't let you in?
Edgar & Lucy
An unlikely love story.
"I love this book. Profoundly spiritual and hilariously specific...an unusual and intimate epic that manages to capture the wonder and terror of both child and parenthood with an uncanny clarity." - Lena Dunham, bestselling author of Not That Kind of Girl
"This tale gradually exerts a fiendish grip on the reader" - Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Took my breath away. Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates
"A quirky coming-of-age novel that deepens into something dark and strange without losing its heart or its sense of wonder." - Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of The Leftovers
"Victor Lodato may be our bard of the sadness, humor, and confusion of loss. He senses the absurdities and elation of mourning and childhood with a capacious precision that brings to mind J.D. Salinger, Lorrie Moore, Karen Russell, even James Joyce. Edgar and Lucy will make you feel things you haven't felt in ages." - Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West
About the Author
VICTOR LODATO is a playwright and the author of the novel Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN Center USA Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Victor was born and raised in New Jersey and currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona.