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My name Is Lucy Barton : a novel
2016
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Characters
Lucy Barton (Female), Writer, Remarried, Mother, Recovering from an operation; her mother, whom she hasn't spoken to in years, comes to see her
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Topics
Hospitals
Mothers and daughters
Adult child abuse victims
Family relationships
Operations
Motherhood
Childhood memories
Childhood trauma
Dysfunctional families
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
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  Library Journal Review

Many years earlier, Lucy Barton spent two months in a hospital after a routine appendectomy; no one ever figured out what was wrong. She wakes one morning to find her mother sitting on her bed, arrived in Manhattan from their rural Illinois hometown. Too many years have passed since mother and daughter have even been in the same room, and yet their conversations work hard to avoid the personal, gossiping and laughing about friends and neighbors rather than sharing intimacies between themselves. The very air in Lucy's room becomes achingly dense with all that goes unsaid-both women so desperately lonely, both so heavy with love and need for each other. Strout's (Olive Kitteridge) latest title is a haunting portrait of an artist as a young woman and what she fled, endured, and hoped for on her remarkable journey toward becoming a writer. Kimberly Farr's deliberate, measured narration gives Lucy dignity and grace, never succumbing to a hint of self-pity. The unflinching strength of Strout's writing finds equal fortitude in Farr's lucid, thoughtful voice. VERDICT With Strout's exalted reputation, library patrons will be queuing impatiently to get to know Lucy Barton. Watch for Lucy on upcoming literary prize short lists and best-of compilations. ["In a book worthy of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive -Kitteridge, Strout again writes empathically as she explores core issues of class and the parent-child relationship": LJ Xpress Reviews 12/18/15 starred review of the Random hc.]-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, -Washington, DC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Author Strout and reader Farr have produced a masterly fusion of material that could easily have become maudlin but never does. It is a simple, yet deep depiction of the fierce love and intense pain of a mother-daughter relationship. At the request of her unavailable husband, Lucy's mother, whom she has not seen for many years, comes to sit beside the bed of her hospitalized daughter. Lucy speaks openly of the poverty and shame of her childhood, and the family dynamics emerge beneath the dialogue and in the silences between the lines. Listeners reel with Lucy's shifting moods, her intense love for her own two daughters, her loneliness, and her growing insight into her family dynamics. Strout has written so beautifully of the inseparable bond between mother and daughter that listeners will be compelled to contemplate their own childhood in a new light. A Random House hardcover. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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 . <p> Soon to be a Broadway play starring Laura Linney produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and London Theatre Company - LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - The New York Times Book Review - NPR - BookPage - LibraryReads - Minneapolis Star Tribune - St. Louis Post-Dispatch <p> 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. <p> Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton <p> "A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words." -- The Boston Globe <p> "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." -- San Francisco Chronicle <p>"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." -- Newsday <p>"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 <p> "An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion." --People
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