Friday, March 18, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Book description(via Goodreads): 

A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge andThe 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. 

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I love Elizabeth Strout's writing and her eloquence shined through this novel, as well. However, much of the book seemed disjointed and was not always easy to follow. The melancholy feel of the novel and the well-fleshed out characters kept me turning pages even when I wasn't always sure where the plot was going. 

Worth staying up all night to read?



3 stars 

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