Synopses & Reviews
An attempt has been made to erase James Joyce's only daughter, Lucia, from the pages of history. She was a gifted dancer and the lover of Samuel Beckett; from her late twenties she was treated for suspected schizophrenia and repeatedly hospitalized. She spent the last thirty years of her life in an asylum, and after her death, her letters were burned.
In sharp, cutting shards of narrative, Lucia evokes the things that may have been done to Lucia Joyce. And while it presents these stories in vivid and heart-breaking detail, it is not an attempt to speak for Lucia. Rather, it is an act of empathy and contrition that constantly questions what it means to recreate a life and speak for another.