Title: My Name is Lucy Barton
Author: Strout, Elizabeth
Publisher: Random House, January 2016
Summary/Review: Elizabeth Strout is one of the best out there when it comes to writing about flawed, complicated women. As Lucy Barton recovers from a mysterious illness in the hospital, she has a visitor she’s not spoken with in several years – her mother. The visit spans several days, and as their conversation ebbs and flows in intensity, from gossip to family secrets, Lucy’s memories of her painful childhood are revealed in such a way that, even at the end of the story, she remains somewhat of a mystery. One thing is for certain – the fragile Lucy Barton has a tremendous capacity for love and forgiveness.
Who will like this book?: Someone looking for a female-centric book that focuses on relationships.
If you like this, try this: Elizabeth Strout is a well-known name, particularly for “Olive Kitteridge” and “Burgess Boys”, so if you enjoy the writing these two may suit you.
Recommended by: Mary C, Reference Librarian
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