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Jamaica Kincaid

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Lucy: A Novel | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • May 25, 1949

    Lucy is born in the West Indies.

    Chapter 5
  • 1959

    Lucy has to memorize a poem about daffodils at school.

    Chapter 2
  • That same year

    Lucy's first brother is born.

    Chapter 4
  • January 1968

    Lucy arrives in the United States to be an au pair for Mariah and Lewis's four daughters.

    Chapter 1
  • Spring 1968

    Mariah, Lucy, and the children ride a train to Mariah's family's lake house.

    Chapter 2
  • Summer 1968

    Mariah's family and Lucy spend the summer at the lake house, where Lucy meets Hugh.

    Chapter 3
  • While there

    Lucy sees evidence that Lewis is having an affair with Dinah, Mariah's best friend.

    Chapter 3
  • Fall 1968

    Lucy takes up photography and becomes interested in art. She starts dating an artist named Paul.

    Chapter 4
  • Mid-fall

    Mariah announces that she and Lewis are getting divorced.

    Chapter 4
  • Not long after

    Lucy learns that her father died a month ago.

    Chapter 4
  • December 1968

    Lucy writes her mother a letter and promises she will be home soon.

    Chapter 5
  • January 1969

    Lucy quits her job and moves into an apartment with Peggy. Mariah is furious.

    Chapter 5
  • Soon after

    Lucy gets a job as an office assistant at a photography studio.

    Chapter 5
  • Spring 1969

    Lucy and Mariah have dinner together. Lucy isn't sure if she will ever see Mariah again.

    Chapter 5

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 The main character and narrator, Lucy, arrives in the United States in the middle of January. She is from a tropical isl... Read More
Chapter 2 It's March, and Mariah can't stop talking about spring. Lucy has never experienced spring, and Mariah wants to share it ... Read More
Chapter 3 It is summer. Lucy, Lewis, Mariah, and the children are at Mariah's family's lake house. Lucy has grown to love many thi... Read More
Chapter 4 It is autumn, and the sunny, happy feeling of the summer has evaporated. Lucy ruminates about the divisions between the ... Read More
Chapter 5 It is January once more. Lucy has been in the United States for a full year, and she's "making a new beginning again." S... Read More
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