My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2016-10-11
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Elizabeth Strout
#1 NEW YORK TIMESÂ BESTSELLER â¢Â LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE â¢Â A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prizeâwinning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.
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Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasnât spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucyâs childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucyâs life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her 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.
Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton
âThere is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering toââI was so happy. Oh, I was happyââsimple joy.ââClaire Messud, The New York Times Book Review
âSpectacular . . . Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.ââLily King, The Washington Post
âA short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.ââMarion Winik, Newsday
âPotent with distilled emotion. Without a hint of self-pity, Strout captures the ache of loneliness we all feel sometimes.ââTime
âAn aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.ââPeople
âA quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.ââThe Boston Globe
âSensitive, deceptively simple . . . It is Lucyâs gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her motherâs shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful. . . . [Itâs] more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it.ââSan Francisco Chronicle
âStrout maps the complex terrain of human relationships by focusing on that which is often unspoken and only implied. . . . AÂ powerful addition to Stroutâs body of work.ââThe Seattle Times
â[Strout]Â reminds us of the power of our storiesâand our ability to transcend our troubled narratives.ââMiami Herald