Lucy: A Novel | Study Guide

Jamaica Kincaid

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Lucy: A Novel | Characters

Character Description
Lucy Lucy is a 19-year-old immigrant from the West Indies. She comes to the United States to be an au pair for Mariah's family. Read More
Mariah Mariah is a 40-year-old American wife and mother. Read More
Lucy's mother Lucy's mother—Annie—looms large in Lucy's life. Lucy moves to the United States in order to escape her. Read More
Dinah Dinah is Mariah's best friend. She has an affair with Lewis.
Hugh Hugh is Dinah's younger brother. He and Lucy date during the summer at the lake.
Lewis Lewis is Mariah's husband. He cheats on her with Dinah.
Lucy's father Lucy's father—who is not named—dies about eight months after she moves to the United States.
Miriam Miriam is the youngest of Lewis and Mariah's four daughters. Lucy likes her best.
Nurse The unnamed nurse is a friend of Lucy's mother. Lucy's mother admires the nurse's career, but Lucy has higher aspirations for herself.
Paul Paul is an artist who is in love with Lucy.
Peggy Peggy is Lucy's best friend in the United States. She and Lucy become roommates at the end of Lucy's first year in the country.
Maude Quick Maude Quick is the goddaughter of Lucy's mother. Lucy hates her. Maude informs Lucy of her father's death.
Mr. Simon Mr. Simon is Lucy's boss at the photography studio.
Tanner Tanner is the first boy Lucy had sex with. She was 14.
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