As a child, Lucy dreams of talking fairies and lives contentedly in the wooded suburbs of Boston; she grows up to be a successful animator of fairy-tale films. Or does she? She claims at moments to be a witch in the woods. Like her sisters, who appeared in Bernheimer’s first two novels (The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold and The Complete Tales of Merry Gold), Lucy has a secret, but she is unable to fasten onto anything but brightness. Novelist Donna Tartt writes, “Lucy’s particular brand of optimism, blind to its own shadow, is very American—she is innocence holding itself apart so fastidiously that it becomes its opposite.” This novel is a perfect end to the Gold family series, and the perfect introduction, for new readers, to Bernheimer’s enchanting body of work.
The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold by Kate Bernheimer
Black illustrated paperback covers with like spine. Light edge wear and corner bumps and cover wear on back. Clean, tight pages and binding. Published by The University of Alabama Press in 1981. Fiction. Measures 8.5 x 5.5 inches with 117 pages. LN