Monday, May 8, 2017

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel

Elizabeth Strout 
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The relationship between mother and daughter, in all its thorniness and intricacy, is at the heart of Elizabeth Strout’s new novel.

In the 1980s, Lucy, an aspiring writer, ends up spending nine weeks in hospital when she develops complications following what was supposed to be a routine operation. During this time, she is visited by the mother she hasn’t seen for many years and this short visit – five days out of both their lives – becomes the episode around which the rest of the story hangs.

My Name Is Lucy Barton encompasses Lucy’s marriage and her path to becoming a writer, but it is in the intimacy of these five days, with Lucy’s mother taking catnaps in the chair beside her bed, that we come to understand the nature of the bond between them ...

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 “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.”—Marion Winik, Newsday

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