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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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Dec 23, 2012 Connie rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2014 Sharron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly read and enjoyed all on Anne McCaffrey's "Pern" series. Her "The Year of the Lucy" is quite different. Her character, Mirelle, is a loving wife & mother with "baggage" of her past attached. It was a good read.

I'm sorry, I don't give good reviews.
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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.
Jan 29, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 08, 2016 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the years, Mirelle Martin has allowed herself to be bullied into suppressing her artistic nature, her lovingly- and-skillfully done sculptures. Her once love-filled marriage is now exhausting, and Mirelle tends to arrange her life around her children. However, she is about to meet new people who somewhat knowingly and somewhat unknowingly send her life into a tailspin which just might set it straight again.
Dec 03, 2013 Janell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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