My Name Is Lucy Barton (Large Print / Library Binding)

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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.

— Barb

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


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 lies the tension and longing that has 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781628998498
ISBN-10: 1628998490
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: February 1st, 2016
Pages: 500
Language: English