Lucy by the Sea: A Novel

Written by:
Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by:
Kimberly Farr

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2022
8 hours 19 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of My Name is Lucy Barton and Olive Kitteridge comes a “poised and moving” (Vogue) novel about a divorced couple stuck together during lockdown—and the love, loss, despair, and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart.

“Strout’s understanding of the human condition is capacious.”—NPR

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Oprah Daily, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Time, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, PopSugar, She Reads

With her trademark spare, crystalline prose—a voice infused with “intimate, fragile, desperate humanness” (The Washington Post)—Elizabeth Strout turns her exquisitely tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton through the early days of the pandemic.

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.

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize
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I kept waiting for something to happen...

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Lisa G.

The book really didn't have much of a plot. It was very slow moving. Lucy seems to just say the same thing over and over again.

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Jeannette J.

Feels warm and cuddly. The author and reader are wonderful.

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Kate P.

Another lovely book by Elizabeth Strout and Kimberly Farr was wonderful as she always id

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Judy P.

I loved this book in fact I loved the whole series! Lucy is an unforgettable character and I don’t want her story to end. This book really deserves a 4.75 only because it was a little slow to start. You don’t have to read books 1-3 because she explains the past so easily. But if you really want a great reading experience then do the series. Narration was so amazing. The narrator really has the East coast dialect to a T

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