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. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of her life: her impoverished childhood in Amgash, Illinois, her escape to New York and her desire to become a writer, her faltering 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. In My Name Is Lucy Barton, one of America’s finest writers shows how a simple hospital visit illuminates the most tender relationship of all-the one between mother and daughter.
This book is outright depressing. I remember listening to this book when I was on my trip going to Iloilo. I was planning to sleep on a long road trip but I couldn’t because this book made me feel a lot of things. I was not enthusiastic when I chose this book. I listen to it knowing nothing about the book. Imagine someone who was able to finish a book that covers poverty, abuse, fear, and the complex struggling relationship between a mother and child and at the same time finding yourself immersed in a book that keeps on inflicting pain, emotionally? That was hard. Difficult, perhaps.
With this profound, heartwarming, and brave book, I appreciate Lucy Barton’s journey while being hospitalized. Even though I am not a huge fan of her choices, I am a huge fan of her journey and experiences. I love how heartbreaking the scenes are. Who would have thought that even if this a short read it could inflict pain? Fair warning: Don’t read this when you are sad. There could be some scenes that could make you decide indecisively. Please read this when you have stable mental health.
My Ratings: 3 Stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Kitteridge. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker. She teaches at the Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University of Charlotte.