My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Audiobook CD - 2016
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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 .

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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

Publisher: New York, New York :, Random House Audio,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ℗2016
ISBN: 9780307967114
Characteristics: 4 audio discs (4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Additional Contributors: Farr, Kimberly


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lotuslori_8 Jul 31, 2017

I wasn't impressed with Lucy's story as it is not much different than many of our own relationships with our mother.

Apr 28, 2017

I read this book because it was so strongly recommended...however, I can't understand why. Actually, I listened to it (audiobook) as I traveled, so I know I didn't skim over anything. I kept waiting for it to "get better" and finally, to finish strongly. I found it to be depressing, hopeless, whiny, and just plain sour. It dealt with important relationship issues, several. The abrupt attempts at closure of some left me thinking, "huh?" Other situations were just unexplained. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

Strout may be a good writer. I'll read another, but if it doesn't click by the 2nd dvd, I won't go further. I'm old. Life is short:)

Apr 04, 2016

I cannot understand why this book is so lauded. I never do believe the narrator's (Lucy) relationships... any of them. Despite her declared feelings, ad nauseum and disjointed, there is nothing that pulls you into the characters; they are just not believable. Mother and daughter who supposedly have tender feelings, but there is only character development for the opposite. Anecdotal incidents reveal glimpses into her childhood, but nothing of substance in the whole book to grasp. One of the most disappointing reads ever.

Feb 01, 2016

In her typical spare prose, Strout shares the story of a daughter and mother who have become separated by time, distance, and varying circumstances. Lucy Barton tells the story of the year when her mother came to visit her in the hospital for 5 days when her girls were 5 and 6. Through memories and flashbacks, the reader learns that Lucy overcame a troubled and impoverished childhood to become a writer in New York. The visit also brings to the surface much of the unresolved tension that still remains between Lucy and her mother. Although short in length, there is much to discuss in this work for book clubs.

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