My Name is Lucy Barton
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My Name is Lucy Barton

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she’s made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Elizabeth
Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge; the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton; The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge; the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton; The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A short and simple novel with a lasting impact on the reader. The author tells a story both beautiful and haunting, revealed piecemeal through the memories and conversations of a mother and her adult daughter. A book of high literary merit and simple charms.

This book is about people who love imperfectly, as we all do.  The author has managed to weave a story that spans decades and generations, while still gripping our attention without letting go. Reading this will make you sad but it’s worth the tears.

This is a deceptively simple novel that uses it’s sparseness to ensure each word and sentence are weighted to provide a taut, compelling novel.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
12/01/2016
Publisher
Penguin

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