Lucy, go see.


Winner of the 2019 Eric Hoffer DaVinci Eye

2019 New Generation Indie Books Award Finalist, Inspirational Fiction 

2018 American Book Fest BEST BOOK AWARDS Finalist, Women’s Issues

It occurred to her that perhaps the reason she liked being a foreigner was because she had always felt like one, starting right there in her own hometown, and at least being one in another country made sense.

–Marianne Maili, Lucy, go see.

“For Lucy Pilgrim, who craves adventure, modeling is the far-off dream and ticket to freedom out of rural Iowa. From New York and Chicago to Japan and Barcelona, Lucy finds herself navigating the industry and her power as a woman simultaneously, coming into her own […]With a last name like Pilgrim, Lucy is bound to set out on a journey, one that happens to be both physical and existential. […] This insightful, relatable novel examines a young woman’s journey of self-discovery, sexuality, and womanhood.”

–Gabrielle Tutino, The US Review of Books.

“An intriguing tale of sexual revelation.”

–Kirkus Reviews

“The moral of Lucy’s odyssey is an important one in this era of #MeToo as the nation becomes more aware of the dilemmas women face in reporting sexual assault.”

–Jane Rosenberg La Forge, American Book Review

“Is this a novel, or a long love letter to the world, to self, to relationship, to hope for relationship?”

–Angela Jones, writer and editor

“This, indeed, “intriguing tale,” is not only of sexual revelation but exploration told by a beautiful young head-strong woman who leaves her family in Iowa to travel the world as an international model, revealing that world and the world to us with poetry, poignancy, the requisite naivete, and most of all, with humor.” 

–Réal Fillion, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Laurentian University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

“[…]inspiring for women who want to follow their dreams and have the courage to do so. »

–Jane McCann Koerbel, reader

“I haven’t read any other novels that capture this mindset, and I was so excited to finally read something that was so relatable and honest. From the moment Lucy walked into her first agent meeting, to her first modeling gig abroad, to the relationships and struggles she comes across in between, Lucy was the friend I needed these past few months inside my millennial brain. »

–Kelsey N. Carlisle, actress and cinematographer

The use of vivid imagery and expert storytelling made me feel like I was right there, that I know Lucy, and that we would be friends. Just by knowing her, I feel more brave and light. I feel passionate and feminine. And a little more wise, too. »

–Rachelle Lynne Baetz, scholar and reader

“If you wish to buy or offer a book that’s thought-provoking and absolutely ‘unputdownable’, Lucy, go see. is what you’re looking for. When we think of international models we can’t help bringing to mind the usual clichés. However, in Lucy, go see., we are confronted with a funny, philosophical, curious, beautiful woman who explodes most of those preconceived ideas. As we read, Lucy develops into a woman who resists dehumanizing, and being dehumanized  with every bone in her body, in a business world where she is viewed as a commodity, and where back at home in Iowa she is perceived if not exactly as the black sheep, definitely as a multicolored, unherdable one. People persist in trying to categorize Lucy’s body and mind, and lucky for her that somewhere deep down she manages, against the odds, to retain the knowledge that both are sound…read more  »

–Patricia Killeen, commentator, World Radio Paris

“The novel celebrates [Lucy’s] jouissance of life with an insight and unreserved sexual frankness matching the genius of Philip Roth, demonstrating how fluid human- and especially female sexuality- can be […]  As Lucy “look(s)for some kind of recognition of her beauty”, she questions the cult of physical beauty exposing, like Toni Morrison, how the (romantic) concept of (physical) beauty is one of the most destructive concepts: as “[she worries] the focus on the exterior could pollute the interior” […] In Lucy’s persona, the reader encounters a bold female philosopher answering a question similar to the one addressed to Jacques Derrida by the director Amy Ziering. She asks him what he would like most to see in a story about the lives of famous philosophers like Hegel or Heidegger. Derrida replies that he would like to hear these philosophers speak about their own sex lives. […] Perhaps it required the guts of a female philosopher to address the call of a philosopher like Derrida… “

–Jaleel Akhtar, author of Toni Morrison and the New Black

Lucy Pilgrim is as her name evokes: light and travel. A rebellious and whimsical young woman, she leaves her rural Iowa home to embark on an international modeling career. Her adventures take her from New York to Tokyo, Barcelona, Hong Kong, and finally Paris before bringing her back to her roots and cumbersome family secrets. Lucy, go see. is the story of an initiatory quest, a journey that leads Lucy towards freedom, but also the acceptance of her past and her own desires. 

Illustrations by Maili are interspersed throughout the novel (color/hardcover, in black and white/paperback).

369 pages, 25 illustrations

ISBN-13 :  978-0-999631-0-3

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Hardcover copy + domestic shipping = 36$ (international shipping price is 45$)

Paperback copy + domestic shipping = 24$ (international shipping price is 33$)

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