There is a hypnotic and purely mesmerizing strangeness to the voice of Lucy Barton. Fans of “Oliver Kittridge” and “The Burgess Boys” will not be disappointed in this accounting of a woman’s life. From a difficult childhood of poverty and abuse to a place of forgiveness and deliverance, the memories of Lucy begin and center on a five day visit from her estranged mother as Lucy recovers in a 1980s New York hospital. Those memories expand in a dreamlike way from that platform. Lucy Barton briefly and curiously connects us to so many mother-daughter and family issues that most readers will be able to recognize and reflect upon. Reads quickly but will resonate for quite awhile.
January 2016 Indie Next List
“Strout has the incredible ability to take ordinary, even mundane situations and use them to make acute observations on the human condition. A mother's visit to her daughter in the hospital becomes the vehicle for an astute examination of daily needs, desires, yearnings, wishes, and dreams that become so much of the remembered experience. Using spare, precise, but beautiful language, she has produced another masterpiece in a growing list of impressive work.”
— Bill Cusumano (M), Square Books, Oxford, MS
A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including "Olive Kitteridge "and" The Burgess Boys, "have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in "My Name Is Lucy Barton, "this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all the one between mother and daughter. 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 Elizabeth Strout Strout has a magnificent gift for humanizing characters. " San Francisco Chronicle" What truly makes Strout exceptional . . . is the perfect balance she achieves between the tides of story and depths of feeling. " Chicago Tribune" Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. " USA Today" Strout animates the ordinary with an astonishing force. " The New Yorker" Strout s] themes are how incompletely we know one another, how desperately hard every person in the world is] working to get what they need, and the redemptive power in little things a shared memory, a shock of tulips. "People.
About the Author
Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Olive Kitteridge, "as well as "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. "From the Hardcover edition.""