My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

By Elizabeth Strout

  • Release Date: 2016-01-12
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 478 Ratings
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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 BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New York Times Book Review • NPR • BookPage • LibraryReads • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Look 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

Reviews

  • A tender story of a life's truth

    5
    By LyndAndFriends
    I'm reading this book on my iPad. I will buy it so I have it on my shelf, to share, to savor. Lucy left her hard, rural, poor childhood life to attend college. Her relationships with her family of origin were strained, always, but moving beyond the family norm left a deep resentment. Personally, many things Lucy went through, felt, questioned, needed, lost, are things I have experienced. This book, this story, is a written so beautifully. Lucy admits to her vulnerable memories. Maybe this was how things were, maybe this is what happened. It's a book I want to have friends read and then talk about it. And talk about it some more.
  • My Name Is Lucy Barton

    2
    By Perky too
    Two words...."very strange ". I usually like this author but this was a big letdown. There is no plot or story line and her writing style is very different. If you want to read something very entertaining from Strout read The Burgess Boys or Isabelle and Amy.
  • parent child relationship

    3
    By Toni FGMAMTC
    3.5 stars 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 her life.
  • Hmmm.....

    3
    By The Pilot's Daughter
    Well at least I got it on sale as an e-book. My first book by this author, and it was so fragmented that were it longer I would have lost track of the different characters/ situations. Not a light book, in fact dark enough to warn me away from reading her other stories. We all have darkness and despair in our lives, but such is the theme of the main character, that I'm not sure she ever truly let the light in.
  • Not one of my favorites.

    3
    By Knit Nammy
    I know this book is about relationships, and how childhood experiences affect our adult lives, but I had a difficult time caring about any of the characters in this book. I'm not sure how this book became a best seller. I felt the story rambled at times, although, I understood Lucy's mother showed Lucy she loved her in the only way she could, and that she was, and always would be, blind to the damage she and Lucy's father inflicted on their children. Lucy alluded to (sexual abuse?) "that THING" that happened. Or was it the snake in the car? Or was the snake in the car mixed up in her mind with sexual abuse? I had to force myself to finish this book, which tends to make me want to just get it over with and on to something else. Therefore, being an avid reader of higher quality fiction, I have to say, that book just wasn't one of my favorites.
  • Dismal

    2
    By Dogsbody67
    Such a dismal story with very little insight into why characters are so awful. Not much point in reading it at all.
  • My name is Lucy Barton

    1
    By Audiobook hooked
    I found this book boring. It drones on and on and often times I fall asleep. Learned nothing. Maybe I just missed it, but this book is absolutely not worth purchasing. Sorry about that.
  • Wish there was less than one star to give

    1
    By Sagewage
    It was a waste of time and money to buy and read this. She rambles on and then the very short book ends abruptly
  • No Plot, Unlikeable Protagonist

    1
    By jesca1086
    This book left me thinking, "that was it?!" Very disappointing.
  • Waste of time and $

    1
    By SnazzyGirl22
    No plot. Weak characters. I agree with everyone else. A lot of rambling and run-on sentences. Overpriced.

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