The Year Of The Lucy
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The Year Of The Lucy

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The illegitimate daughter of a glamorous concert singer and a rakish, celebrated portrait painter, Mirelle Martin has spent mostof her adult life trying to conform to the standards of middle-class suburbia. Denying her artistic heritage and largely ignoring her own great gift as a sculptress, she has devoted herself to being a wife to Steve and a mother to Tonia, Nick and...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 1986 by St. Martin's Press
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Mirelle Martin is a wife and mother trying to balance her domestic life with her creative life as a sculptress. She also has to assert herself with her domineering mother-in-law who is upset that her son married the illegitimate daughter of an opera singer and a portrait painter.

"The Lucy" is a sculpture of her deceased friend, Lucy, who encouraged Mirelle to develop her artistic talent. Mirelle becomes a stronger person as she looks beyond her roles of wife and mother during an eventful year. I...more
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I remember reading this story and thought, I like it better when Ms. McCaffrey writes sci-fi. I'm not as fond of the romances. This one wasn't something I liked so much. I think it's because I was young and idealistic. The middle age crisis scared me. What scared me more was how Mirelle lost herself as a wife and mother. It made me question, why would a woman ever want to marry and have kids? This was one of the books which convinced me getting married is worse than death for a woman.
This is the one McCaffrey book that I didn't own. I didn't even know it existed until I came across it in the San Francisco library. It is one of her few straight fiction novels. Set in New England, it features a middle-aged artist who faces a crisis in her marriage. Just re-read it. Much more apt to a mother, than it was when I read it as a single girl. Somehow, I didn't realize it was set in 1961 the first time I read it.
This is a favorite author but this book was just too dated for me. Infidelity and abuse was the accepted norm for the husbands with the wives accepting this as completely normal. After all, men just can't help themselves. (sigh) 1 1/2 stars
a love story, from one of the best authors in the world, it was a fiction story in modern times, a total divergent from the science fiction that she was known for.
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