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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

  • Sensitive, deceptively simple . . . Strout captures the pull between the ruthlessness required to write without restraint and the necessity of accepting others’ flaws. It is Lucy’s gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mother’s shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful. . . . My Name Is Lucy Barton—like all of Strout’s fiction—is more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it. San Francisco Chronicle
     
  • Strout maps the complex terrain of human relationships by focusing on that which is often unspoken and only implied. . . . [My Name Is Lucy Barton is] a powerful addition to Strout’s body of work. The Seattle Times
     
  • “Magnificent.”

    Ann Patchet, New York Times bestselling author

  • 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—‘I was so happy. Oh, I was happy simple joy.
  • Spectacular . . . My Name Is Lucy Barton is smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times. Lily King, The Washington Post
     
  • My Name Is Lucy Barton is 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
     
  • Lucy Barton is . . . potent with distilled emotion. Without a hint of self-pity, Strout captures the ache of loneliness we all feel sometimes. Time
     
  • An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion. People
     
  • A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words. The Boston Globe
     
  • Impressionistic and haunting . . . Much of the joy of reading Lucy Barton comes from piecing together the hints and half-revelations in Strout’s unsentimental but compelling prose, especially as you begin to grasp the nature of a bond in which everything important is left unsaid. . . . Strout paints an indelible, grueling portrait of poverty and abuse that’s all the more unnerving for her reticence. With My Name Is Lucy Barton, she reminds us of the power of our stories—and our ability to transcend our troubled narratives. Miami Herald
     
  • Lovely and heartbreaking . . . a major work in minimalist form . . . In the character of Lucy, Strout has fashioned one of the great resilient modern heroines. Portland Press-Herald
     
  • Strout has proven once again that she is a master of creating unforgettable characters. . . . Her stories open themselves to the reader in a way that is familiar and relatable, but then she delivers these zingers and we marvel at her talent. The Post and Courier
     
  • Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue. Hilary Mantel
  • Magnificent. Ann Patchett
  • “An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.”

    People

  • “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.”

    Amazon.com

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    BookPage

  • 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 BuzzFeed Books Pick for Life Changing Books to Read with Your Mom
  • A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far
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