Lucy Author:Jamaica Kincaid The coming-of-age story of one of Jamaica Kincaid's most admired creations--newly available in paperback — Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple--handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, almost at once,... more » Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers' world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is.
At the same time that Lucy is coming to terms with Lewis's and Mariah's lives, she is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest. In Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid has created a startling new character possessed with adamantine clearsightedness and ferocious integrity--a captivating heroine for our time.« less
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I loved the writing style of this book. It is a story of a young girl from the West Indies who travels to North America to be an au pair for a wealthy couple. The book isn't so much a story of her taking care of the children but more her views on her new surroundings and thoughts on her mother writing her letters from home.
Lucy is a girl from a Caribbean island who goes to work as a nanny in New York City; similar to Jamaica Kincaid's life story. It is told in the first person, with her thoughts about the people she meets and her feelings about her family and experiences back home. I heard the author speak and found her a very interesting person.