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A heart-wrenching story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive KitteridgeI am deeply impressed. Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue. I have never read her before and I knew within a few sentences that here was an artist to value and respectStrout's best novel yetAn exquisite novel... 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 joySo good I got goosebumps... a masterly novel of family ties by one of America's finest writersMy Name is Lucy Barton confirms Strout as a powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships... Deeply affecting novel...visceral and heartbreaking...If she hadn't already won the Pulitzer for Olive Kitteridge this new novel would surely be a contenderHypnotic...yielding a glut of profoundly human truths to do with flight, memory and longingThis is a book you'll want to return to again and again and againSlim and spectacular...My Name Is Lucy Barton is smart and cagey in every way. It starts with the clean, solid structure and narrative distance of a fairy tale yet becomes more intimate and improvisational, coming close at times to the rawness of autofiction by writers such as Karl Ove Knausgaard and Rachel Cusk. Strout is playing with form here, with ways to get at a story, yet nothing is tentative or haphazard. She is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times....My Name Is Lucy Barton is a short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters... 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 oneHer concise writing is a masterclass in deceptive simplicity...Strout writes with an exacting rhythm, with each word and clause perfectly placed and weighted and each sentence as clear and bracing as grapefruit. It's a small masterpieceThis short, simple, quiet novel wriggles its way right into your heart and stays thereA beautifully taut novelAgleam with extraordinary psychological insights...delicate, tender but ruthless reveriesAn eerie, compelling novel, its deceptively simple language is a 'slight rush of words' which hold much more than they seem capable of containing...This novel is about the need to create a story we can live with when the real story cannot be told...Strout uses a different voice herself in this novel: a spare simple one, elegiac in tone that sometimes brings to mind Joan Didion'sThis is a glorious novel, deft, tender and true. Read itAn exquisitely written story...a brutally honest, absorbing and emotive readHonest, intimate and ultimately unforgettableSympathetic, subtle and sometimes shockingPlain and beautiful...Strout writes with an extraordinary tenderness and restraintOne of this year's best novels: an intense, beautiful book about a mother and a daughter, and the difficulty and ambivalence of family lifeElizabeth Strout's prose is like words doing jazzElizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge is the best novel I've read for some timeAn exquisite novel of careful words and vibrating silencesIn this quiet, well observed novel, a mother and her mysteriously ill daughter rebuild their relationship in a New York hospital room. Deft and tender, it lingers in the mindA worthy follow-up to Olive Kitteridge I loved My Name is Lucy Barton: she gets better with each bookThe standout novel of the year - a visceral account of the relations between mother and daughter and the unreliability of memoryIn a brilliant year for fiction, I've admired the nuanced restraint of Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy BartonElizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton shouldn't work, but its frail texture was a triumph of tenderness, and sent me back to her excellent Olive KitteridgeA rich account of a relationship between mother and daughter, the frailty of memory and the power of healingThis physically slight book packs an unexpected emotional punchA novel offering more hopeMy Name Is Lucy Barton intrigues and pierces with its evocative, skin-peeling back remembrances of growing up dirt-poor.Masterly


An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found.

The story continues in Anything is Possible, Oh William! and Lucy by the Sea, available to read now!


'A terrific writer' Zadie Smith

'A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own' Hilary Mantel

'So good it gave me goosebumps. One of the best writers in America' Sunday Times

Product Details

Title: My Name Is Lucy Barton
Author: Elizabeth Strout
SKU: BK0413322
EAN: 9780241248782
Language: English

About Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of My Name is Lucy Barton, Anything is Possible, Oh William!, Amy and Isabelle, Abide With Me, The Burgess Boys, Olive Kitteridge, and Olive, Again. She has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize. She lives in Maine.

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