My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton 1

by Elizabeth Strout

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/03/2017

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An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of her life: her impoverished childhood in Amgash, Illinois, her escape to New York and her desire to become a writer, her faltering marriage, her love for her two daughters.

Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable. In My Name Is Lucy Barton, one of America's finest writers shows how a simple hospital visit illuminates the most tender relationship of all-the one between mother and daughter.

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016 AND THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016

ISBN:
9780241248782
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-03-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x13mm
Weight:
0.16kg
Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize.

She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine and New York City.

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    The voice of Lucy Barton, as she speaks to the reader with reflections from a New York hospital bed is astonishingly simple, humble and perfectly honest. You’ll find yourself nodding in contented agreement at every memory and observance this curious book offers up. Each one is a clean illustration, reading a little like Helen Garner’s older novels - stripped of any non-essential detail or adjective. A chapter will often be one paragraph, or even a single sentence.

    With the final product completed in a featherish 208 pages, I’m sure the author was clinical in leaving memories on the cutting-room floor that didn’t grow the core idea of her book - the relationship between mother and daughter.

    I ate it up all at once but can tell that this is one of those books that lives happily in bags and on desks and coffee tables for weeks and months being opened up and adored in whatever fleeting moments without losing its overall power. Wonderful reading.