Praise for EDGAR & LUCY
"On every page Lodato's prose sings with a robust, openhearted wit, making EDGAR AND LUCY a delight to read...Lodato keeps us in his thrall because his grip on the tiller stays reassuringly firm. Not to mention the supporting cast he's gathered, a group so eclectic and beguiling that many of them could carry an entire novel of their own. A riveting and exuberant ride."
- Cynthia D'Aprix-Sweeney, The New York Times Book Review
"Wonder-filled and magisterial...Lodato's skill as a poet manifests itself on every page, delighting with such elegant similes and incisive descriptions…His skill as a playwright shines in every piece of dialogue…And his skill as a fiction writer displays itself in his virtuoso command of point of view. The book pushes the boundaries of beauty." - Chicago Tribune
"This otherworldly tale will haunt you."
- People Magazine
"A stunningly rendered novel"
- Entertainment Weekly
“I love this book. 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 4am, then reaching for the closest warm body."
“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.
“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."
“A pale skinny boy with green eyes, Edgar sees everything. But can he make sense of the murky adult world of his single mother, Lucy, before tragedies, past and impending, suck them underwater? With its beautiful imagery and unforgettable characters, this tale gradually exerts a fiendish grip on the reader. I was up until two in the morning to finish it!”
"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 JD Salinger, Lorrie Moore, Karen Russell, even James Joyce. EDGAR AND LUCY will make you feel things you haven't felt in ages."
“A wonder, beginning to end."