My Name is Lucy Barton

my name is lucy barton cover imageMy Name is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout
General Fiction
Random House
Hardcover, 208 pages
$26.00

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.