‘Lucy by the Sea’ Is a Pandemic Novel Frozen in Time

During the spring of 2020, I found myself thinking a lot about the fact that I was living through a historic disaster. I read about past wars and crises, trying to calm myself with the knowledge that previous generations had been through worse. I can see now that I was distracting myself from my own … Read more

She berated me because my self-restraint makes her feel bad

Dear Amy: Recently, a longtime, good friend was staying with me as a guest for five nights at an expensive resort. She is used to consuming drinks and snacks throughout the day. I am the opposite, and closely watch what I eat and always politely decline ordering anything when she asks. Last week she told … Read more