RaveReadings (AU)You can start here, if you like, with Lucy by the Sea. The novel neatly sits by itself. However, if, like me, you have read all of Strout’s novels before, then reading this will feel like being welcomed home ... You could say that this novel is about dealing with many layers of grief; but you could also say that this novel is filled with hope and eventual acceptance ... Reading this novel was painful at times. By that, I mean it reminded me how horrible and frightening these last few years have been ... This is Strout’s most contemporary novel. It is beautifully written, filled with sharp and simple descriptions.