My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016
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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 lay 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.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Random House Audio, [2016]
ISBN: 9780307967138
Branch Call Number: SCD FICTION Strout
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Farr, Kimberly


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Damma66 Oct 30, 2018

I truly disliked this book. The story was boring and it seemed as if the Author's first language was not English!? The grammar was atrocious and the sentences were disjointed or poorly constructed.

I kept hanging in there because it was critically acclaimed but I am not sure why. The only thing I liked was that it was short.

As an audiobook it was almost painful to listen to.

lotuslori_8 Jul 31, 2017

I wasn't impressed with Lucy's story as it is not much different than many of our own relationships with our mother.

Apr 28, 2017

I read this book because it was so strongly recommended...however, I can't understand why. Actually, I listened to it (audiobook) as I traveled, so I know I didn't skim over anything. I kept waiting for it to "get better" and finally, to finish strongly. I found it to be depressing, hopeless, whiny, and just plain sour. It dealt with important relationship issues, several. The abrupt attempts at closure of some left me thinking, "huh?" Other situations were just unexplained. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

Strout may be a good writer. I'll read another, but if it doesn't click by the 2nd dvd, I won't go further. I'm old. Life is short:)

Apr 04, 2016

I cannot understand why this book is so lauded. I never do believe the narrator's (Lucy) relationships... any of them. Despite her declared feelings, ad nauseum and disjointed, there is nothing that pulls you into the characters; they are just not believable. Mother and daughter who supposedly have tender feelings, but there is only character development for the opposite. Anecdotal incidents reveal glimpses into her childhood, but nothing of substance in the whole book to grasp. One of the most disappointing reads ever.

Feb 01, 2016

In her typical spare prose, Strout shares the story of a daughter and mother who have become separated by time, distance, and varying circumstances. Lucy Barton tells the story of the year when her mother came to visit her in the hospital for 5 days when her girls were 5 and 6. Through memories and flashbacks, the reader learns that Lucy overcame a troubled and impoverished childhood to become a writer in New York. The visit also brings to the surface much of the unresolved tension that still remains between Lucy and her mother. Although short in length, there is much to discuss in this work for book clubs.


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