July 7 – 13, 2023Vol. 25, No. 4

Lucy’s in the Neighborhood

by Martha F. Barkley

Lots of local color in language and pizza orders and those yummy Italian subs at Lucy’s in Lucy’s in the Neighborhood, a Waterville novel by David M. Carew. The daily postman visit and weekly orders repeat and repeat along with those Beasties from Abanaki Camp who devour everything in sight.

Gotta laugh because we hear so much similar here in our village. It is good to laugh at ourselves. Laughing stops with a horrible crime and false accusations. The town bigot plays a big role and the cops investigate with great patience and consciousness of trying to find the truth. Everywhere in Waterville and Winslow across the Kennebec are familiar places, so read for local color and more.

Mo and his dad, retired military, are the only Blacks in Waterville. They both experience the town bigot, of course, with many thoughtful neighbors are very aware of their circumstances. Lucy’s pizza and Italian sub shop is a friendly gathering place for anyone hungry for fresh food and fresh neighborhood gossip.

The 169-page novel can be purchased for $16.95. My kind of purchase and maybe yours, too?

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