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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016.

An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

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Synopsis

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found. Look for Elizabeth Strout's highly anticipated new work of fiction, Anything Is Possible, which is available for pre-order now.

Reviews

'I am deeply impressed. Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue. I have never read her before and I knew within a few sentences that here was an artist to value and respect' -- Hilary Mantel

'Strout's best novel yet' -- Ann Patchett

'An exquisite novel... in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to - 'I was so happy. Oh, I was happy - simple joy' -- Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review

'So good I got goosebumps... a masterly novel of family ties by one of America's finest writers' Sunday Times

'My Name is Lucy Barton confirms Strout as a powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships... Deeply affecting novel...visceral and heartbreaking...If she hadn't already won the Pulitzer for Olive Kitteridge this new novel would surely be a contender' Observer

'Hypnotic...yielding a glut of profoundly human truths to do with flight, memory and longing' Mail on Sunday

'This is a book you'll want to return to again and again and again' Irish Independent

About the Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller, Abide With Me and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She lives in New York City and Portland, Maine.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th October 2016

Author

Elizabeth Strout

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Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241248782

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