My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel

Written by:
Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by:
Kimberly Farr

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
38
Narrator
8
Release Date
January 2016
Duration
4 hours 12 minutes
Summary
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.

Now a Broadway play starring Laura Linney produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and London Theatre Company • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The New York Times Book Review • NPR • BookPage • LibraryReads • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton

“A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.”—The Boston Globe

“It is Lucy’s gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mother’s shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.”—Newsday

“Spectacular . . . Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.”—Lily King, The Washington Post

“An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.”—People
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Judy P.

Very good book but way too short!!! Was that intentional so as to get you to buy the next one ( which I’m going to do) this book has so much familiar dysfunctional that you’re bound to see yourself in parts of it , even if it’s very small. Really did enjoy it!

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Anonymous

Self indulgent rambling repetitive no plot. Seemed more like a disgorgement of the character's disjointed psychotherapy sessions. I have enough problems of my own, thanks. The narrator was perfect for this book but was irritating to listen to as it reminded me of my mother-in-law's controlling, biting voice. A me problem, to be sure, but you get it.

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J-Hep

Enjoyed the story.

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Lisa A

really enjoyed this book

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Lisa Roling

This book was a rambling of disconnected stories. I do not understand the high rankings of other listeners because this book was a complete bore. The narration was very slow and a bit monotone and at times put me to sleep. I listen while driving so this is not a good thing. I would NOT recommend.

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Karen Humphreys

Touching story made of a series of smaller stories shared between mother and daughter.

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Kathleen Carney

Perfect story about "imperfect love" , which I believe we all witness. Narration well done. Kimberly brigs the novel to life and makes it believable.

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