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
    Nov 12, 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...

  • Diane S ?
    Nov 30, 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...

  • Debbie
    Feb 05, 2016

    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’...

  • Jen
    Mar 07, 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 Ba...

  • Elyse
    Oct 22, 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...

  • poingu
    Mar 31, 2016

    I really loved the first couple of chapters but soon after I felt like I was drowning in treacle, because there was too much sentimentality altogether in the writing. What first hit me as a straightfo...

  • Esil
    Nov 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...

  • Kelli
    Feb 02, 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...

  • Linda O'Donnell
    Mar 19, 2016

    How is it that we can truly know the inner workings of another human being? It's all in the conversations, the dialog, the exchange of thoughts and ideas.....and even in those moments when words, them...

  • Perry
    Sep 07, 2016

    "Pity Us All, We Don't Mean to be So Small"Completed Review, posted 9/6/16Lucy's Manhattan hosp. room had breathtaking view of the Chrysler Building, describing how the skyscraper's light at night thr...

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