My Name is Lucy Barton

my name is lucy barton cover image My Name is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout
General Fiction
Random House
Hardcover, 208 pages

Pulitzer Prize winner and widely admired author Elizabeth Strout, whose previous books including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys have been runaway bestsellers, has a new and extraordinary novel. Lucy Barton is recovering from complications of a simple operation when her estranged mother comes to visit. Small talk opens a reconnection between them and then things deepen into the pathos of Lucy’s life – her painful childhood and her escape from it; her efforts to become a writer; her marriage; and, her daughters. Lucy’s voice – or is it Strout’s?-is deeply observant and expresses both the tenderness and longing of the mother/daughter relationship.