My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/03/2017
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My Name Is Lucy Barton
Honest, refreshing, full of unsentimental empathy
My Name is Lucy Barton is an honest account of family and a true representation of how life and love can be so complicated and yet so simple. Strout’s tone... READ MORE
Georgie Matthews at Windsor
My Name Is Lucy Barton
A Short Masterpiece
Lucy Barton has been in hospital for three weeks with an undiagnosed illness after having her appendix removed. She sits and stares through the window at t... READ MORE
Ben at Aylesbury
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Wise & Wonderful
The incomparable Elizabeth Strout does it again. A complex mother-daughter relationship. A hospital bed. A skeleton's closet full of half-suggested happeni... READ MORE
Kate at Preston
My Name Is Lucy Barton
A book I will hold close to my heart
I have never before read a work which struck me so immediately and with such tenderness that it made my heart ache. This is one that I will remember for ye... READ MORE


This must be the way that most of us manoeuvre through the world, half knowing, half not, visited by memories that can’t possibly be true… So much of life seems speculation.

My Name is Lucy Barton is a perfect crystallisation of quiet, subtly brilliant talent from one of America’s finest contemporary writers.

Lucy Barton has spent her life running away from her past; from an isolated, penurious upbringing in Illinois where she and her siblings often went hungry. Now Lucy has moved through a faltering marriage to a carefully constructed new life in New York as a writer, replacing rural, open skylines for the Chrysler Building looming large on a tightly enclosed horizon.

When Lucy finds herself recovering in hospital, she is visited unexpectedly by the mother she hasn’t seen for many years. As the two of them talk, a seam of memory is opened wide, forcing Lucy to confront the past she has struggled so hard to keep at bay. As old tensions rise to the surface Lucy tries to accept what her life really amounts to; the many roles she has played, the people she has loved, abandoned and betrayed.

At heart, this is a book about women’s lives, about mothers and daughters and the brittle love that somehow endures beyond distance, longing, pain and loss.

In Lucy Barton, Strout has created an everywoman for our time; tenderly perceptive, humanly frail and utterly unforgettable.

‘It is a study of filial love and of how our upbringing impacts on our futures. It is also gorgeously written and often very funny. I read it over a few hours last Saturday and was thunderstruck by its gentle power.’ – Chris White, Waterstones’ Fiction Buyer

Born in Portland, Maine, Elizabeth Strout has spent her early life in New England before moving to New York. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her third novel Olive Kitteridge which was subsequently made into an award-winning drama by HBO.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241248782
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 160g
  • Dimensions: 194 x 128 x 16 mm

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My Name Is Lucy Barton
Another brilliant novel
Having enjoyed Olive Kitteridge there was no way I could resist this little delight too. The writing style is addictive and the normal conversation this ce... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
My Name Is Lucy Barton
A story of dysfunction relationships
How fitting it was that my mum bought me this book for it retold the happenings of one Lucy Barton with a particular emphasis on her relationship with her ... READ MORE
Karishma Patel
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Sorry but no thanks
There was a moment before I started reading this book. It was a happier time. I very rarely give one star reviews for anything but this book is that rare i... READ MORE
Adam at Liverpool
My Name Is Lucy Barton
I loved this Easy and simplistic to read but , thought invoking , and applicable to real life . Having recently been in hospital myself seriously unwell it... READ MORE
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Novel set in NEW YORK and ILLINOIS (one of the most powerful, painful, truthful and hopeful books I have ever read)
For almost nine weeks in 1980, Lucy Barton, an aspiring writer, is incarcerated in a New York hospital bed, attempting to recover from a mysterious infecti... READ MORE
My Name Is Lucy Barton
This book is terrible. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting, but sadly it is a complete waste of time. There is no story line, or substan... READ MORE
Anna Yendell
My Name Is Lucy Barton
A really good read if you can't fall asleep
The topic is really intriguing - a fraught mother-daughter relationship between - but it's written in such a parred down style that it becomes utterly bori... READ MORE
Aleksandra Markovic
My Name Is Lucy Barton
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I was disappointed in this having read several Elizabeth Strout. It did not seem to have as much character revealing as usual. I did not identify with what... READ MORE
My Name Is Lucy Barton
"My Name is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout is about a woman, Lucy, and her mother. When Lucy is married and with children of her own, her mother visits h... READ MORE
Laura Besley
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Powerful and ultimately uplifting.
“It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the time. Whatever we call it... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Sometimes you don't need many words or pages in a book to make it brilliant. The relationship with Lucy and her mother during those five nights that she s... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius