My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive KitteridgeandThe Burgess Boys.

Soon to be a Broadway play starring Laura Linney produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and London Theatre Company • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE •NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The New York Times Book Review •NPR• BookPage • LibraryReads • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton

“A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.”The Boston Globe

“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.”San Francisco Chronicle

“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.”Newsday

“Spectacular . . . Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.”—Lily King, The Washington Post

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

Book Reviews


Disappointed3 star

The book wasn’t as good as her others, which I adored. It is disjointed and hard to follow. It was just words without the intense insight. It is an easy read but not the kind of book you need to read to finish.35


My Name is Lucy Barton5 star

A rags to riches story of sorts, beginning with childhood psychological abuse, physical abuse, parental abandonment, being shamed and bullied to two marriages, two daughters and a divorce. Lucy is a broken adult; yet more intelligent, loving and lovable than she knows.55


Loved this book as much as her others!5 star

I'm so glad I found this wonderful author. I have inhaled every one of her books!55

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Good read5 star

I really enjoyed this read! I felt like I could actually hear Elizabeth Strout voice. Now I’m on line searching for more reads by Elizabeth Strout.55

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Annoying.2 star

I found the dialog annoying and repetitive.25


A tender story of a life's truth5 star

I'm reading this book on my iPad. I will buy it so I have it on my shelf, to share, to savor. Lucy left her hard, rural, poor childhood life to attend college. Her relationships with her family of origin were strained, always, but moving beyond the family norm left a deep resentment. Personally, many things Lucy went through, felt, questioned, needed, lost, are things I have experienced. This book, this story, is a written so beautifully. Lucy admits to her vulnerable memories. Maybe this was how things were, maybe this is what happened. It's a book I want to have friends read and then talk about it. And talk about it some more.55

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My Name Is Lucy Barton2 star

Two words...."very strange ". I usually like this author but this was a big letdown. There is no plot or story line and her writing style is very different. If you want to read something very entertaining from Strout read The Burgess Boys or Isabelle and Amy.25


parent child relationship3 star

3.5 stars This story kept my interest the entire time, but I don't really know what the point was. I felt like maybe it was about how we all make mistakes or how we have to love our parents even if they weren't always good parents? I really just don't know. It's like a lady just telling random things in her life.35

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