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My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel - Elizabeth Strout
My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST... show more
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The New York Times Book Review • NPR • BookPage • LibraryReads • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-DispatchLook for Elizabeth Strout’s highly anticipated new work of fiction, Anything Is Possible, which is available for pre-order now. 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. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s 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 “There 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 to—‘I was so happy. Oh, I was happy’—simple joy.”—Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review “Spectacular . . . 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.”—Lily King, The Washington Post   “A 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.”—Marion Winik, Newsday   “Potent with distilled emotion. Without a hint of self-pity, Strout captures the ache of loneliness we all feel sometimes.”—Time “An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.”—People “A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.”—The Boston Globe “Sensitive, deceptively simple . . . It is Lucy’s gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mother’s shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful. . . . [It’s] more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Strout maps the complex terrain of human relationships by focusing on that which is often unspoken and only implied. . . . A powerful addition to Strout’s body of work.”—The Seattle Times “[Strout] reminds us of the power of our stories—and our ability to transcend our troubled narratives.”—Miami Herald “Magnificent.”—Ann Patchett
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780812979527 (0812979524)
ASIN: 0812979524
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Abandoned by Booklikes
Abandoned by Booklikes rated it
1.0 DNF at 44 Percent
I just gave up finishing this. I DNFed at 44 percent. I wasn't enjoying this and the narrative style was just drab. We have I hope the narrator Lucy Barton (I don't know since I don't think the woman so far has not said her name) who is going into her family's history, her writing, husband, children...
Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it
5.0 "My Name Is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout
What I want to say about "My Name Is Lucy Barton" is: Read it and read it soon. It's full of truth. It will make you cry. It will make you feel less alone. It will give you courage. It will fill your imagination as you read it and echo in your memory long afterwards. At one point in the book Luc...
Dem
Dem rated it
3.0 My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel
An interesting insight into a mother and daughter's complicated relationship and what at first appears as a simple enough story turns out to have quite a lot going on that I feel would be best read and discussed as a bookclub read to get the best out of it.It's a short book and while I liked it and...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
3.0 My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel
This story kept my interest the entire time, but I don't really know what the point was. I felt like maybe it was about how we all make mistakes or how we have to love our parents even if they weren't always good parents? I really just don't know. It's like a lady just telling random things in he...
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3.5 My Name is Lucy Barton
I had mixed feelings about this book. As the much-hyped follow up to Olive Kittredge and The Burgess Boys, it has been long-listed for some prominent awards. I heard Strout speak around the time Olive Kittredge came out, and since then I have read a couple of her other novels. Strout reminded me of ...
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