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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Strout Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780307967121
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A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.

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 lie 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. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magnificent.”

    Ann Patchet, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.”


  • “There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to…simple joy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Reminds us of the power of our stories—and our ability to transcend our troubled narratives.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Rarely has a book been louder in its silences or more plainly and completely devastating.”


  • “In the character of Lucy, Strout has fashioned one of the great resilient modern heroines.”

    Portland Press-Herald (Maine)

  • “Strout again writes empathically as she explores core issues of class and the parent-child relationship…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Relays with great tenderness and sadness the way family relationships can both make and break us.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Fiction with the condensed power of poetry: Strout deepens her mastery with each new work, and her psychological acuity has never required improvement.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This story of family, poverty, aspirations, and obstacles is immediately gripping, thanks to the combination of Strout’s high-quality prose and Kimberly Farr’s nearly flawless performance…Farr captures Lucy’s clear-eyed outlook, which rises above any self-pity or melodrama. The conversations Lucy has with her peppery mother are so believable that one becomes immersed in the production…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Strout’s tender and moving novel should be read slowly, to savor the depths beneath what at first seems a simple story of a mother-daughter reconciliation…[A] masterly novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Profound and moving, this compelling story of the ways in which the past can influence the present will resonate with readers.”


  • A January 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Amazon Best Book of January 2016
  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for 11 Books That Grab You from Page One
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Life Changing Books to Read with Your Mom
  • A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Christy | 6/5/2017

    " More of a mood piece than a story. Very beautifully written. I tagged No for Would I recommend because no one I know would enjoy a sad mood piece. But I loved how it flowed! Great writer! "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton, and the New York Times bestseller The Burgess Boys, as well as Abide with Me, a Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including the New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.