My Name Is Lucy Barton
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My Name Is Lucy Barton


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 lies 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.

Title:My Name Is Lucy Barton
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:193 pages

    My Name Is Lucy Barton Reviews

  • Angela M
    Sep 11, 2015

    When I first started reading this I had the feeling that it was going to be a remarkable story. It is after all written by Elizabeth Strout. I also thought when I first met Lucy Barton that this was g...

  • Debbie
    Dec 19, 2015

    When I finished this book, I didn’t think I landed in wowsville. But after sticking my nose back into the book, I’m changing my tune. Every page I reread seemed rich and wow-y. So what the hell’...

  • Diane S ?
    Sep 11, 2015

    I am totally in awe of this writer's talents. Whether one likes her characters or not (and truthfully some are unlikable if understandable, she makes the reader feel something. In this novel she takes...

  • Emily May
    Oct 16, 2016

    This is a story about a woman who loves her daughter. Imperfectly. Because we all love imperfectly. Depressing as hell. But I enjoyed wallowing in it for a while.My Name Is Lucy Barton covers a life...

  • Jen
    Jan 23, 2016

    **Updating this to 5★**I was totally captivated by this soulful, unassuming narrative that packs a punch of emotion. An ordinary story with an extraordinary character. The narrative begins with Lucy...

  • Elyse
    Oct 02, 2015

    UPDATE: It came to my attention I may have given too much 'detail' information. (shame on me)... SPOILERS may be included in review.Lucy and her family grew up in a tiny rural town of Amgash, Illinois...

  • Justin
    Feb 05, 2017

    Elizabeth Strout. Good Lord. This book had the same effect on me as Olive Kitteridge. I'm reading through this beautifully written, way too short novel, and the whole time I'm thinking about my own li...

  • Kelli
    Jan 24, 2016

    This book is universally loved by my friends and I understand why that is, though I can't embrace this book as others have. I admire the style of it and I acknowledge that the story was deliberately d...

  • Esil
    Sep 11, 2015

    I had the luxury of reading My name Is Lucy Barton in one sitting -- and if you can that's how I highly recommend this very short jewel of a novel be read. It's hard to describe what it's about. At it...

  • Iris P
    Jan 15, 2016

    Second 2017 Update Upgrading my rating from 4 to 5 stars, no idea why I didn't before. Oh, I know, maybe because sometimes I am a dork! 2017 Update So a funny thing happened to me this weekend. Have...

About Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the author of several novels, including: Abide with Me, a national bestseller and BookSense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. In 2009 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her book Olive Kitteri