Lacy Eye (Hardcover)

By Jessica Treadway

Grand Central Publishing, 9781455554072, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 10, 2015



A haunting, evocative novel about a woman who might have to face the disturbing truth about her own daughter.
Hanna and Joe send their awkward daughter Dawn off to college hoping that she will finally "come into her own." When she brings her new boyfriend, Rud, to her sister's wedding, her parents try to suppress their troubling impressions of him for Dawn's sake. Not long after, Hanna and Joe suffer a savage attack at home, resulting in Joe's death and Hanna's severe injury and memory loss.
Rud is convicted of the crime, and the community speculates that Dawn may also have been involved. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to live in the family home, Hanna resolves to recall that traumatic night so she can testify in the retrial, exonerate her daughter, and keep her husband's murderer in jail.
But as those memories resurface, Hanna faces the question of whether she knows her own daughter-and whether she ever did.

About the Author

Jessica Treadway's story collection Please Come Back to Me received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of And Give You Peace, which was named as one of Booklist 's Top 10 Debut Novels of the Year, and the collection Absent Without Leave and Other Stories. Her stories have appeared in the Atlantic, Hudson Review, Ploughshares, and Five Points, among other literary journals. A professor at Emerson College in Boston, she lives with her husband in Lexington, Massachusetts.