My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout review – powerful storytelling | Books | The GuardianLucy 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. 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. In Lucy Barton, Strout has created an everywoman for our time; tenderly perceptive, humanly frail and utterly unforgettable. It is also gorgeously written and often very funny.
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This item has been added to your basket Luyc basket Checkout. At the behest of her husband a vague, "busy running the household and also busy with his job" Lucy's mother has flown out from the family home in rural Illinois to sit with her daughter while she battles her fever. I'm wondering. Download Now Dismiss.
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Email address:. My Name is Lucy Barton. What The Reviewers Say. There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. It starts with the clean, solid structure and narrative distance of a fairy tale yet becomes more intimate and improvisational Strout is playing with form here, with ways to get at a story, yet nothing is tentative or haphazard.
At times I felt as though I was listening in on a casual conversation between mother and daughter, while at other times I felt I was on the receiving end of an interview with Lucy. Forgotten password Use the form elizwbeth to recover your username and password. There are no strangers here, only friends that have not yet met - William Butler Ekizabeth. Your order is now being processed and we have sent a confirmation email to you at. She could write about what she ate for breakfast and it would probably have some significant impact on your life.
Please refresh the page and retry. T his slender story the book clocks in at just under pages unfolds over a five-day period and is set almost entirely within the four walls of Lucy's hospital room, which contain little more than a bed, a chair and "a view of the Chrysler Building, with its geometric brilliance of lights". At the behest of her husband a vague, offstage presence, "busy running the household and also busy with his job" Lucy's mother has flown out from the family home in rural Illinois to sit with her daughter while she battles her fever. The pair have been more or less estranged since Lucy's marriage, and the crisis allows them to reconnect - but there are no dramatic showdowns or tearful reconciliations. Rather, they rebuild their relationship obliquely, via conversations that meander through the outskirts of their shared history.
And then he moved in. Strout spent months lingering in Somali neighborhoods before she started writing. Kate Atkinson. I must go with 4.
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