With his father's death shrouded in mystery, Edgar leads the life of a peculiar child, an albino, fair game for the bullies of the world. His grandmother, Florence, is more loving toward Edgar than his own mother, Lucy, who has no clue what to do with a son after Florence's death. When home life becomes intolerable, Edgar is "rescued" by a mysterious man in a green truck. Through numerous twists and turns, Edgar is 6 months later returning to Lucy and her new family. With vivid characterizations and poignant storytelling, Lodato creates a powerful dynamic of love, loneliness, and longing!— From Jane
“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