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Edgar and Lucy Audiobook

Edgar and Lucy: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

"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, best-selling author of Not That Kind of Girl)

Edgar and Lucy is a compelling literary masterpiece - a stunning examination of family love and betrayal.

Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear - not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.

Profound, shocking, and beautiful, Edgar and Lucy is a thrilling adventure and the unlikeliest of love stories.

This program is read by the author.

"Edgar and Lucy started with the character’s voices, and the rhythms of their particular ways of speaking... because I have this very distinct sense of the sound and rhythms... I was thrilled to have the opportunity to record the audiobook. Also, having grown up in New Jersey, I felt I could do justice to the world of the novel, and to the north Jersey accent." (Author Victor Lodato on why he chose to narrate his own novel)

©2017 Victor Lodato (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Celeste Albers 03-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Caught me in a stranglehold"

    I was captured by this story from the first paragraph. The author's narration was spot on. There are moments, scenes, passages in this book that are profoundly beautiful. Others are deeply disturbing.
    I found myself wondering if I could handle it; I was pulled into the story so deeply. My husband was happy when it was over and I came back to reality.

    So, obviously, this is not a light read. It is a masterfully told story of family and human relationships and disfunction. Be forewarned- there are several graphic sex scenes.
    If you are up for it I highly recommend that you dive in.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Trosclair Houma, LA 03-30-17
    Tammy Trosclair Houma, LA 03-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Guess I feel differently than most..."

    The story is great. I think I would have MUCH preferred reading this in the printed form. Unlike everyone else's reviews this far, I had a really hard time with the narration. I can even begin to guess how many times I almost returned this book because I couldn't take the narration. Hours into listening I still went back and forth with returning this one. I think I ultimately just learned to adjust to his way of reading. The author read very choppy to me, and I found he paused in odd/wrong places... at first, I thought it was how he was depicting the character of Edgar, but he read that way for all of them to me. I had purchased this book as a pre-order, that's how much I really wanted to like it. And I did like the story. Overall, I'm going with a 4 star rating. But man, I really didn't care for how it was narrated.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Healerchick 03-19-17
    Healerchick 03-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite an amazing story. Excellent narration."
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    An amazing story.Like a hallucination,wavering between the real and imagined.At first,it seems that the content is just the garbling and musing of a young boy's mind.Then,slowly the plot develops and grips you intensely.I thought ,after merely an hour's listening,to return the book-however,it started to fascinate me with each moment that passed..Perfect narration. That's what you get when the actual author reads his own work.It's a book written in a very unique style,but well-crafted and worth your credit.Definitely a yes.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    fmadsen 03-21-17
    fmadsen 03-21-17
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    "subtle beauty"

    Hard to move on after a great book like this. The narrator lingers in your mind and the characters stick with you long after you've finished the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Enough"

    I have had enough of this book. The halting narration style is so annoying I could not finish. The story would have been okay but the voice was so distracting. This is the only book of the many, many I have listened to that I just couldn't finish and regret purchasing. Sorry for the negative review but it was just too difficult to listen to this guy.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 04-06-17
    Mel USA 04-06-17 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wow! Wow? My contradiction reflects my confusion"


    A *starred* reviewed novel by an author that has won critical acclaim for his writing in every discipline. Lodato is a Guggenheim Fellow -- that alone should be everything that needs to be said if you are looking for excellent writing -- he is also an award winning playwright, poet, and novelist. And, here there is the feel to Edgar and Lucy of a play, not directly, but between the lines where Lodato seems to have imbued some magical sense of pause, picture, relate -- then onto the next line. It is a play heavy in image and atmosphere, narrated to a reader. The book seems to contain the human senses, beyond written descriptors. [I''ll explain how this effected me later.]

    An intricate plot that would be drawn out like a chart by a psychologist, characters connected by blood, and whose lives are changed by events, the flow of blood, the heredity passed through blood. Edgar is an 8 yr. old albino child raised by his overly protective grandmother. She has doilies, drawer sachets, stills shops from tinkers, butchers, *proprietors.* He thinks of her as his mother, nearly abandoned by his own reckless and vulgar mother (Lucy). Grandma Florence doesn't tell him his mother (her step-daughter) is worthless, but her own decency shows Edgar that Florence represents everything wholesome, and his Lucy is nothing like grandma. Lucy is hard, sexual, foul-mouthed, and most of all absent by choice. Edgar never knew his father who died when he was a baby. We learn later that the father committed suicide, an event that involved Edgar and his mother, who was left with a limp. We also learn that the father had been hospitalized with psychotic episodes -- but in his mad ramblings leading up to the suidcide, we are presented with an odd bit of information that does have some strange precedent on the ending of the book. (pay attention)

    The book begins with the passing of Grandma/Mother Florence. Oddly, Edgar knows literally nothing about death, even with his own birth connected to such a violent death. He frets about the details of burial--the coffin--the rituals--the behaviors of the mourners, and the diamond ring still on his grandmother's finger as the coffin is about to be closed. Edgar is a nervous and suspicious child, an oddity regardless of his white skin and almost crystal clear eyes. He later lays out her clothes under the sheets and waits for her to rise.

    The story becomes increasingly dark as Lodato expands a very complex plot. Not content to explore a routine kidnapping tale, the author infuses this story with some disturbing twists that at times defy logic. He almost takes the reader through the degrees of the Stockholm syndrome; he plays with your feelings, and it feels uncomfortable and alarming. There are also a number of fantastical elements presented that still have me confused. Knowing a little about the writer's background, I find myself questioning the importance of these mysteries [I won't give them away and spoil your surprise]. Are they significant representations or mere props and stage dressing for a playwright? I'm still unsure.

    I am certain that this novel is beautifully written and truly a book that qualifies as haunting--an adjective too often used undeservedly. But, I still can't shake the feeling that I didn't really like it. I didn't see the humor some talk about, or the happy ending. The curtain falls leaving you light-hearted, but all of us know that we are made up of more than our DNA...we are a complex conglomeration of our experiences, which doesn't bode well for Edgar. The few characters supposed to infuse humor into the story didn't eliminate any of the heft of the story for me. I'm happy readers enjoyed it, but it made me sad. I found it disturbing, heartbreaking and a story of cruelty. That's just me expressing to you my honest reaction to this book.

    The last paragraph disturbed me, having returned to the scene of the crime with many patients that have been victims of violent crimes. And if you've paid attention to the father's crazy-talk before he plunges off the bridge...work THAT out with your feelings that this book has a simple happy ending. Metaphor, most likely. I think this may be a book that is best read rather than listened to. Recommend; I'm sure this one is destined for awards, but personally I probably would pass--as incongruous and crazy as that sounds.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert L. Brandon Walnut Grove, MO United States 05-18-17
    Robert L. Brandon Walnut Grove, MO United States 05-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story almost ruined by narrator"

    This book is written very well with vivid characters that I loved. The story had exciting twists that I would not have guessed and kept me interested to the end. But, please please please Victor do not narrate your own book! I almost could not stand it. The halting speech with pauses mid sentence where pauses were not required were awful!

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    Tara 05-10-17
    Tara 05-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Exploration of being human through love and death"

    Locator does a brilliant job representing the voices of a boy lost in untold stories, a mother that never grew up and struggles with life's losses, a grandmother who finds meaning through the children in her life. Each trying to navigate the many aspects of being human in their own way.

    It's a long book, but I loved savoring each delicate part. The descriptions put you right in the scene, right in the mind of one of the characters. How Locator understands the inner workings of such a wide variety of people, is beyond me, but he nails the little kids innocent perspective, the mom's restless, young adult perspective, and the grandmother's grasping to stay connected and relevant to the family and the world in the last years of her life as people she loves fade away.

    The book raises so many questions but they all come back to who loved whom and does any of the rest really matter?

    I read another review indicating they didn't like the authors voice on this recording. I thought it was perfect. It was broken and distant when the characters were broken and distant. It was curious and alive, when the characters were. I can't imagine a better reading of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beverly dunn HYANNIS, MA, US 05-10-17
    beverly dunn HYANNIS, MA, US 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    I Loved this book- great narration, loved the story, I was sad when it ended

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    Anonymous WILLISTON, VT, US 05-09-17
    Anonymous WILLISTON, VT, US 05-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartbreaking & Hilarious...."
    What made the experience of listening to Edgar and Lucy the most enjoyable?

    Dear Victor- many thanks for your masterpiece Edgar and Lucy.I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a book more (on audible.)I generally dislike authors reading their work, but in this case, youbrought Edgar instantly alive for me. Rarely do I purchase a bookAFTER I have listened to it, but I did so with your book yesterday. I need to see and massage your sentences, highlight your words, and figure out how in the hell you can make me laugh and cry in one sentence. You are amazing; keep writingfrom your heart as this book is truly the work of a talented soul. Sincerely, Kim


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship of Edgar and his Grandmother


    What about Victor Lodato’s performance did you like?

    He IS Edgar ...so vulnerable and wise at the same time


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ...Explore the magical mind of an eight-year-old


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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