Dear Lucy

A Novel

Dear Lucy

Dear Lucy introduces a young writer with a most original voice and a tenderly eccentric vision. Julie Sarkissian has created a boldly lyrical, suspenseful, and mysterious fictional world in this striking debut novel” (Joyce Carol Oates).

I go down the stairs quiet like I am something without any weight. I open the door in the dark and the cold sucks my skin towards it. It is the morning but there is no sun yet, just white light around the edges. It is the time to get the eggs. Time for my best thing. The eggs they shine with their white and I do not need the light to find them. The foxes need no light either. I am a little like the fox, he is a little like me.

Lucy is a young woman with an uncommon voice and an unusual way of looking at the world. She doesn’t understand why her mother has sent her to live with old Mister and Missus on their farm, but she knows she must never leave or her mother won’t be able to find her again.

Also living at the farm is a pregnant teenager named Samantha who tells conflicting stories about her past and quickly becomes Lucy’s only friend. When Samantha gives birth and her baby disappears, Lucy arms herself with Samantha’s diary—as well as a pet chicken named Jennifer—and embarks on a dangerous and exhilarating journey to reunite mother and child. With Dear Lucy, Julie Sarkissian has created an unforgettable new heroine of contemporary fiction whose original voice, exuberance, and bravery linger long after the final page.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451625738 | 
  • April 2014
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for  Dear Lucy  includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author  Julie Sarkissian. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. .


Dear Lucy tells the story of an uncommon woman with a unique voice and boundless compassion. Lucy has been abandoned by her mother and taken in by an older couple, known as Mister and Missus, to work on their farm. It is here that she meets Samantha, a pregnant teenager with whom she finds an unlikely connection. When Samantha’s baby disappears shortly after he is born, Lucy pledges to help Samantha find him. This is the first time in her life that Lucy has been trusted with an important task. Armed with Samantha’s letters and diary, which Lucy cannot read, and the company of a talking chicken named Jennifer, Lucy sets out to reunite Samantha with her child. What follows is a poignant story of faith and friendship, heartbreak, longing and loyalty.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. Discuss the structure of Dear Lucy. What is the effect of having multiple narrators? Did you trust all of them equally? If not, who did you doubt, and why?
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About the Author

Julie Sarkissian
Photograph by Mad Art Studio

Julie Sarkissian

Julie Sarkissian is a graduate of Princeton University, where she won the Francis Leon Paige Award for creative writing, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She lives in New York City.