My Name Is Lucy Barton
By Elizabeth Strout
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 more.Tweet
Lucy Barton looks back to a time she spent in hospital in the 1980s when an unexpected five day visit from her estranged mother prompted memories about the narrator’s hard and lonely childhood, and reflection on her current life as a writer, wife and mother. It’s quiet and simple storytelling about complex and troubled relationships and emotions.