My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Book 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.

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

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 My Name Is Lucy Barton

“A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.”The Boston Globe

“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

“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

“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

“An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.”—People

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- My Name is Lucy Barton5 star

A rags to riches story of sorts, beginning with childhood psychological abuse, physical abuse, parental abandonment, being shamed and bullied to two marriages, two daughters and a divorce. Lucy is a broken adult; yet more intelligent, loving and lovable than she knows.

- Loved this book as much as her others!5 star

I'm so glad I found this wonderful author. I have inhaled every one of her books!

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- Good read5 star

I really enjoyed this read! I felt like I could actually hear Elizabeth Strout voice. Now I’m on line searching for more reads by Elizabeth Strout.

- Annoying.2 star

I found the dialog annoying and repetitive.

- A tender story of a life's truth5 star

I'm reading this book on my iPad. I will buy it so I have it on my shelf, to share, to savor. Lucy left her hard, rural, poor childhood life to attend college. Her relationships with her family of origin were strained, always, but moving beyond the family norm left a deep resentment. Personally, many things Lucy went through, felt, questioned, needed, lost, are things I have experienced. This book, this story, is a written so beautifully. Lucy admits to her vulnerable memories. Maybe this was how things were, maybe this is what happened. It's a book I want to have friends read and then talk about it. And talk about it some more.

- My Name Is Lucy Barton2 star

Two words...."very strange ". I usually like this author but this was a big letdown. There is no plot or story line and her writing style is very different. If you want to read something very entertaining from Strout read The Burgess Boys or Isabelle and Amy.

- parent child relationship3 star

3.5 stars This story kept my interest the entire time, but I don't really know what the point was. I felt like maybe it was about how we all make mistakes or how we have to love our parents even if they weren't always good parents? I really just don't know. It's like a lady just telling random things in her life.

- Hmmm.....3 star

Well at least I got it on sale as an e-book. My first book by this author, and it was so fragmented that were it longer I would have lost track of the different characters/ situations. Not a light book, in fact dark enough to warn me away from reading her other stories. We all have darkness and despair in our lives, but such is the theme of the main character, that I'm not sure she ever truly let the light in.

- Not one of my favorites.3 star

I know this book is about relationships, and how childhood experiences affect our adult lives, but I had a difficult time caring about any of the characters in this book. I'm not sure how this book became a best seller. I felt the story rambled at times, although, I understood Lucy's mother showed Lucy she loved her in the only way she could, and that she was, and always would be, blind to the damage she and Lucy's father inflicted on their children. Lucy alluded to (sexual abuse?) "that THING" that happened. Or was it the snake in the car? Or was the snake in the car mixed up in her mind with sexual abuse? I had to force myself to finish this book, which tends to make me want to just get it over with and on to something else. Therefore, being an avid reader of higher quality fiction, I have to say, that book just wasn't one of my favorites.

- Dismal2 star

Such a dismal story with very little insight into why characters are so awful. Not much point in reading it at all.

- My name is Lucy Barton1 star

I found this book boring. It drones on and on and often times I fall asleep. Learned nothing. Maybe I just missed it, but this book is absolutely not worth purchasing. Sorry about that.

- Wish there was less than one star to give1 star

It was a waste of time and money to buy and read this. She rambles on and then the very short book ends abruptly

- No Plot, Unlikeable Protagonist1 star

This book left me thinking, "that was it?!" Very disappointing.

- Waste of time and $1 star

No plot. Weak characters. I agree with everyone else. A lot of rambling and run-on sentences. Overpriced.

- My Name is Lucy Barton5 star

Beautifully written, honestly rendered.

- Waste of time1 star

Unanswered questions, endless rambling and a waste of $12.99. Wish I'd read recent reviews. This could've been good, had it led to any resemblance of a conclusion.

- So short I felt cheated!3 star

I have so enjoyed Strout's other books that I was deeply disappointed by how short this one was (I have read short stores in the New Yorker which took longer to read) and how underdeveloped the characters were. I wonder why she was in such a rush to get this book out. Since "Amy and Isabel" she has written with great poignance about the mother-daughter relationship and I wish she would have kept up the pace here. In short, I felt cheated because I wanted to know more about the characters and their interior and exterior lives.

- Don't waste your time1 star

Terrible book that went on forever and said nothing. I have no idea what the point of this book is.

- Waste of time1 star

Wish I had not read the book.

- My Name is Lucy Barton1 star

This book was so simplified written. I would continue reading hoping something would begin to happen that was worth my time. I definitely would not recommend it. Sorry.

- This what happens when..5 star

publishers try to hype a quiet book to the masses. I'm appalled by the bad reviews here, but also can't blame readers who are looking for one thing and unwittingly pay for something else. This is a wonderful, beautifully written, thought-provoking literary novel. I savored every page.

- What the?2 star

I'm not sure how this can even be called a story. Nothing happens, it's nearly 200 pages of rambling. So disappointing. Not worth $12.99.

- My Name is Lucy Barton1 star

Wicked waste of my time and money! So disorganized skipping from childhood to different parts of adulthood. I can't believe that publisher spent time to print it or record an audiobook!

- NYT bestseller?3 star

I waited for this story to get rolling until the book ended. It's a series of relationships recollected from a hospital bed. Lucy has never been able to form deep connections, so the details are mostly shallow and questions go unanswered.

- A quiet friend5 star

I wish Lucy was my neighbor. I want to just watch her come and go in her daily life as she has done over the last 200 pages.

- A lot of nothing1 star

When the author uses the phrase ' what I'm saying here is" over and over it reminds me that she is not a good story teller. I forced myself to finish it because it started out with such promise but it needed some editing.

- My Name is Lucy Barton1 star

My Name is Lucy Barton is sad. I am not sure what I learned or understood about life from this book. It was more like a personal notebook. Sorry I wasted my money and time.

- My Name Is Lucy Barton2 star

I am sure that Ms. Strout had something she wanted to convey in this book. But whatever that might have been was lost in all of the meandering text. Save your money for another book.

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