by Julie HaleDecember, 2003
The Story of Lucy Gault
Set in 1921, this elegantly crafted, quietly disturbing book Trevor's 29th tells the story of the Gaults, a Protestant family forced to leave Ireland and the country home they adore. Lucy, an only child, is doted upon by her mother and father, and when she disappears on the night before the family is set to leave, they are devastated. Captain Gault and his wife, Heloise, assume Lucy is dead and immediately exile themselves to Europe, where they wander and grieve, losing contact with their old existence in Ireland. When their daughter is found alive only a few days after her disappearance, the Gaults have no way of learning the news. A poignant meditation on the unexpected courses our lives often take, this is another finely wrought tale from a master fiction writer. A Penguin Readers Guide is available online at www.penguin.com.