A novel to remind us of the fragility of humanity

  

A novel to remind us of the fragility of humanity

Victor Lodato's Edgar and Lucy is a family epic and a gripping mystery that has already begun to capture the hearts and minds of its readers. Read on for an exclusive extract. 
 
Eight-year-old Edgar remembers nothing of the terrible accident people still whisper about. He only knows his father is dead, 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 - even the line between the living and the dead. 
 

‘Lodato’s prose is gorgeous. There is poetry on every page.’
The Sunday Times

“ I love this book. At once profoundly spiritual and hilariously specific, Victor Lodato’s Edgar and Lucy is an unusual and intimate epic that manages to capture the wonder and terror of both childhood and parenthood with an uncanny clarity. The surprising prose is a pleasure and never ceases to remind us how fragile human life is yet how unshakeable the bonds. Edgar and Lucy will have you reading till 4 a.m., then reaching for the closest warm body.”
Lena Dunham

“ I tore through the luminous pages of Edgar and Lucy as if possessed. Edgar’s journey from boy to man is that rare tale that’s both epic and intimate, as joyful and startlingly original in its language as it is a pleasure to read. The tender, funny, living immediacy of its characters and what is revealed to us about human nature through their twists of fate took my breath away. What this book has to say about love and truth will stay with me for a very, very long time.”
Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates
 
Edgar and Lucy is a quirky coming-of-age novel that deepens into something dark and strange without losing its heart or its sense of wonder. Victor
Lodato writes with lyrical precision and unfailing compassion for his characters.”
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. Go read it right now.”
Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West
 
A wonder, beginning to end. Victor Lodato’s work is complex, elegant, disturbing, beautifully written, and, above all, important. I can say without hesitation that he is a writer who gives me hope for the future of serious literature.”
Lynn Freed, author of The Servants’ Quarters


Edgar and Lucy is out in hardback and ebook on 8th February.