"Lucy Gault", the 2002 novel of the famous English writer, Trevor Howard, whose short stories appear regularly in the "New Yorker", begins in Ireland in 1921 during the "troubles", when Lucy's father shoots an intruder who tries to burn down his estate becuase his wife is English. The family decides to move to England,but Lucy is so upset at leaving her beloved home on the sea that she runs away. Finding a discarded garment of hers on the shore, the parents believe her drowned and begin a mournful 20-year odyssey, taking them to Italy and Switzerland, out of touch with the estate. Meanwhile, Lucy is found a short while later in an abandoned ruin with a broken ankle. Attempts to locate the family prove fruitless; Lucy grows up under the care of two faithful servants. Her mother dies without ever knowing Lucy is alive. Her sorrowful father, returning to his estate out of a need to see his home once again, finds Lucy who,during the time she has waited for her parents to come back, has given up her own true love and the outside world. How she and her father reconcile, and how Lucy lives out the rest of her life,form the remainder of this romantic, tragic novel.
The review of this Book prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson