Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
My Name Is Lucy Barton
My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The 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 allthe one between mother and daughter. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasnt spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucys childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucys 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 There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering toI was so happy. Oh, I was happysimple joy.Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review 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 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.Marion Winik, Newsday Potent with distilled emotion. Without a hint of self-pity, Strout captures the ache of loneliness we all feel sometimes.Time An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.People A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.The Boston Globe Sensitive, deceptively simple . . . It is Lucys gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mothers shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful. . . . [Its] more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it.San Francisco Chronicle Strout maps the complex terrain of human relationships by focusing on that which is often unspoken and only implied. . . . Apowerful addition to Strouts body of work.The Seattle Times Impressionistic and haunting . . . [Strout]reminds us of the power of our storiesand our ability to transcend our troubled narratives.Miami Herald 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.Hilary Mantel Magnificent.Ann PatchettFrom the Hardcover edition.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
review
Curvybookgirl
post image
Panpan

Struggled with this one too sadly. Maybe it‘s just me

blurb
Lynnsoprano
post image

Thanks for the tag, @Crazeedi 😘
1. The tagged book. It‘s on my shelf, but I keep choosing something else.
2. A Discovery of Witches. I‘m obsessed with that series.
3. Too many to count😄
4. Prague Winter. Excellent.
5. @LauraBeth @RamsFan1963 @keithmalek @AmyG
#wondrouswednesday

LauraBeth I still have A Discovery of Witches on my TBR! I remember buying the first book when it came out. That's been a while, hasn't it? 😂 2w
Crazeedi 😊❤ 2w
Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗🌺 2w
56 likes3 comments
blurb
Peaceful_Reader
post image

Recommended by many yet I‘m half way through and am still befuddled.

16 likes1 stack add
review
mutlee
post image
Mehso-so

Some beautiful writing and poignant scenes, but it didn‘t really resonate with me like it seems to have with others.

review
megnews
post image
Pickpick

A mother. An upbringing. A marriage. A life. A quiet introspection on who you are, what you know about yourself, and things you‘ll never know or be able to speak aloud.
This was a beautiful book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book 214/265 7/14/19

Freespirit A quiet book but I liked it alot 2mo
megnews @Freespirit me too 2mo
SaturnDoo I enjoyed this one too ❤ 2mo
45 likes2 stack adds3 comments
quote
megnews
post image

review
Macnjen
Bailedbailed

Not at all sure what I expected but this was boring and depressing. Some parts for me do not even make sense as they aren‘t relevant to the story. Good narration but nothing really happens and I‘m not really sure of the point.

Aseleener I bailed on this one as well. 4mo
Peaceful_Reader I feel the same. Not feeling a connection. 1mo
11 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Macnjen
post image

Next audiobook.

review
Jenken1998
post image
Pickpick

This one hit all the feels. A beautifully crafted and moving look into the mc traumatic upbringing. I would say trigger warnings for all types of abuse but she never outright names any. It is all inferred. Centered around 5 days when she is an adult in the hospital and her estranged Mother visits. Healing from trauma is long process possibly life long. This book touches on the different stages of life and how she is sti working towards healing.

rachaich Really loved this book :) 5mo
12 likes1 comment
review
Ellen_C
post image
Pickpick

A story of imperfect love between a mother and daughter and about the struggles and “ruthlessness” of being a writer. https://cannonballread.com/2019/03/my-name-is-lucy-barton-elcicco/

review
Centique
post image
Pickpick

After loving Amy and Isabelle last year I was keen to read more Elizabeth Strout. This one doesn‘t disappoint. It‘s quite a different experience, I don‘t think I‘ve ever felt so much weight and pain in what a character doesn‘t say. The truth of Lucy‘s past is like a stone in her throat, an anchor around her neck - she can‘t voice it, and it remains a block between her and the world. The tension of that imbues the whole book with longing.

Centique How can we be nostalgic for a past that was cruel to us? And yet, it was hers, it belonged to her, it was a bond between a family - and Lucy fears being alone almost more than the shame and pain of what went before. A small book but one that will keep me thinking. 6mo
batsy Lovely review! 💜 6mo
merelybookish Beautiful! (Strout's is one if my favourite contemporary writers!) 6mo
See All 8 Comments
Dragon A great review, stacking. 🐉 6mo
Reggie I‘m gonna have to echo @batsy with what a lovely review!! 6mo
Centique @Reggie thank you both @batsy 😘😘 6mo
Centique @merelybookish @Dragon you‘re both so kind 😘 I hope you enjoy it @Dragon 🐉 6mo
Dragon Thanks 👍😀🐉 6mo
101 likes2 stack adds8 comments
review
Samplergal
post image
Pickpick

A lovely little book. #mounttbr

102 likes1 stack add
review
Chryssa
Pickpick

Short, subtle story of a young woman's traumatic upbringing, softly told with a sense of real menace. The 'big reveal' is well hidden - speed read and you'll miss it. Wonderful.

blurb
squirrelbrain
post image

Does anyone fancy going to see this? I‘m going to book a ticket as it‘s on at the same time as the #bookshopcrawl, so that would be Friday 8th Feb or Saturday 9th Feb - I don‘t mind which evening. It‘s on at the Bridge Theatre.

@Mitch and @Itchyfeetreader could you tag any other London Littens as I‘m not sure who else is nearby? Thanks!

Mitch Oh, I‘ve seen it...i went with my bookclub peeps when it was on its first run. Otherwise I‘d of jumped at the chance. It‘s good though. I recommend it! 8mo
squirrelbrain That‘s good to know @mitch - I‘ll definitely go one evening or the other...! 8mo
jhod I saw it too - she was absolutely brilliant, definitely go!! @squirrelbrain xx 8mo
squirrelbrain I‘m very excited @jhod - can‘t believe it‘s on at the time when I‘m in London anyway! 8mo
CarolynM I wish I could. Enjoy! 8mo
75 likes5 comments
quote
Eggs
post image

"My teacher saw that I loved reading and she gave me books, even grown up books, and I read them.....but the books brought me things. This is my point. They made me feel less alone."
There seem to be few words to illuminate the mysterious nature of mom and daughter relationships. Books were Lucy's salve for a sad and desperate childhood; one in which you realize that she was sad, hungry, cold and lonely , even into adulthood.

TheCuriousHousecat Loved loved loved this ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
104 likes6 stack adds1 comment
review
JillR
post image
Pickpick

This book comes in at under 200 pages. The story is based around 5 days when Lucy is in hospital and her estranged mother comes and sits with her. The conversation is stilted and things are left unsaid, eyes are averted. There is an undercurrent, and we assume it relates to some abuse in Lucy‘s past but this is never told. Rather than finding it frustrating I actually liked the lack of detail and found the whole book strangely calming.

47 likes1 stack add
review
Redwritinghood
post image
Mehso-so

This is the second Strout book I‘ve read, and, while I can appreciate her skill as a writer, the stories always leave me feeling a little flat. Perhaps it is more my personal preference as I‘m not usually a fan of character driven stories. Interesting characters, but no real story here. 3⭐️

review
courtneycadey
post image
Mehso-so

‘...we never knew, and never would know, what it would be like to understand another person fully.‘

This book has really thrown me, as I can‘t decide whether i‘m really impressed by it or completely underwhelmed. I can appreciate the raw emotion and realism within it and loved some of the reflective quotes that can be pulled from most pages. It has certainly made me stop to think, but I don‘t think it‘s one I will be in a hurry to read again.

blurb
Lynnsoprano
post image

#fffs #fallingforfallswap @DHill this is too much! Thank you so much for your incredibly generous gift. I‘m going excited to read all these books, and you couldn‘t have chosen a more perfect journal! Thank goodness my grandson went home before I opened the box, so I can get my share of the chocolate 😂 Thank you again. Thanks also to @Avanders for all your work putting this together.

DHill You are very welcome @Lynnsoprano ! It was so much fun putting your box together. Enjoy! 🍁🍂 12mo
Lynnsoprano @DHill My hubby says I‘m not allowed to wear the socks the day of the Penn State-Iowa football game😂 (PSU is his alma mater). Thanks again for everything 😘 12mo
tracey38 Those autumn jellybeans are so good! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great selection of books! 12mo
Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 12mo
96 likes5 comments
quote
lele1432
post image

The narrative voice of this book has taken some getting used to for me because I feel it's a bit unnatural at times, but there are several quotes of wisdom I've found in this book that I've loved as well. One being not feeling the need to protect people, even those you love, while telling YOUR story. #literaryquotes #wordsofwisdom #literature #lifelessons

review
whatrebeccasread
post image
Pickpick

Full of poignant moments, "My Name is Lucy Barton" is a story of few words but one full of meaning. Lucy is looking back at her life and the people who have helped shape it. It's realistic and it's honest. I'm scoring my first Elizabeth Strout book 4 shiny stars!

My full review is up on my blog, find it using the link on my profile ?

Nute This short review is heartfelt. Im curious. 12mo
115 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
MelissaSewell

...when you write a novel you get to rewrite it, but when you live with someone for twenty years, that is the novel, and you can never write that novel with anyone again.”

This line really spoke to me. How true-choose your words and actions carefully the first time because there is no backspace key in real life.

RaimeyGallant Great quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 12mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🤗 12mo
Chelleo Hi and welcome! 12mo
8 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
lele1432
post image

Got to turn the little one's soccer tournament in San Antonio into a mini vacation! Just starting this book but I think I'm going to enjoy her writing style. I'm in the mood for something that will get me reflecting on life and family relationships. Also featured in photo, my bump AKA my youngest princess. ☺️ #mybumpandmybook #literaryfiction #contemporary #family #drama

blurb
lele1432
post image

Seems like travelers who pass through the Minneapolis airport love to read! I found so many amazing bookstores during my trip to St. Paul. This one, Open Book, was my favorite because it didn't only cater to new releases like most airport book sellers. I came home with 2 Elizabeth Strouts and a Roxanne Gay. 😊 #airportbookstore #allthebooks #bookheaven

review
alisonrose
Pickpick

Quite a powerful little book, though it‘s hard to call it enjoyable or anything like that b/c there‘s a lot of pain and strife and darkness. But she writes about such things in ways almost anyone can relate to and recognize within themselves, even if they haven‘t been thru the specific struggles that Lucy or other characters have. Def character and not plot focused, and very internal and emotional. It‘ll stick with me for a while, I‘m sure. 4/5 ⭐️

quote
alisonrose

It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the time. Whatever we call it, I think it‘s the lowest part of who we are, this need to find someone else to put down.

quote
alisonrose

This must be the way most of us maneuver through the world, half knowing, half not, visited by memories that can‘t possibly be true. But when I see others walking with confidence down the sidewalk, as though they are free completely from terror, I realize I don‘t know how others are. So much of life seems speculation.

blurb
alisonrose
post image

I loved Olive Kitteridge and really liked Amy and Isabelle, so let‘s see if she can hit a trifecta 😊 #nowreading

review
Jadams1776
post image
Pickpick

This was a nice, short read. It was another with a bit of a jumpy timeline, but it wasn‘t too hard to follow. It wasn‘t a happy book, but it was definitely touching. I enjoyed learning about what made Lucy Barton who she is.

42 likes1 stack add
blurb
Mitch
post image

Bookclub theatre trip last night. When we read the book I didn‘t love it,but it was amazing on stage. Laura
Linney was brilliant, she played both Lucy and her mother and dramatically read the whole book! How she remembered it all I don‘t know! I never listen to audiobooks but this experience made me think maybe I might have got into it more as audio rather than book.

Cathythoughts I didn‘t love the book either. But I love Laura Linney ❤️. Sounds amazing.... you lucky duck 👍🏻 1y
Mitch She really made it work for me. It was amazing. Wish you could have been there @Cathythoughts 1y
mklong I actually pictured Laura Linney as Lucy while I was reading this book! Here‘s hoping they bring this production to the US. Glad you enjoyed it! 1y
julesG The audio was great. Wish I could see her on stage. 1y
Anna40 Love Laura Linney! 1y
85 likes5 comments
blurb
Wilkie
post image

Brilliant book. Brilliant play. #Lucyintheskywithdiamonds #heyjune

Cinfhen I forgot this was made into a play! Awesome that u got to see it 😍 1y
GypsyKat I‘ve never read this, I may have to check it out! 1y
Wilkie @cinfhen I was very lucky. It was only a 3 week run. 1y
Wilkie @Gypsykat it has very mixed reviews on Litsy. I loved it, but then again I love everything she writes! 1y
CarolynM I loved the book too. I'm very envious you got to see this production 1y
39 likes5 comments
blurb
Wilkie
post image

I am so excited to be going to this play tomorrow night!! Any tips for good bookshops in London?

TrishB Foyles 😁 1y
julesG I second Foyles. Also, Waterstone's at/in Piccadilly (has a drawing by Chris Riddell in the children's department). 1y
MayJasper Persephone 1y
See All 6 Comments
CarolynM Hatchard's on Piccadilly (very near Waterstone's). Enjoy the play and being in London 1y
jhod How was It? I go next week! 1y
Wilkie @jhod it was amazing! You are in for a treat😍. It‘s a beautiful theater and Laura Linney was phenomenal. 1y
36 likes6 comments
blurb
Bookwormjillk
post image

Started (and almost finished) this on audio today.

review
adhillon89
Pickpick

Good

blurb
rachaich
post image

Book club choice which I'm pleased about! I read another of hers after Christmas and loved the writing. I have the follow up to this already so will be stacking!

quote
mrozzz
post image

“Mom, when you write a novel you get to rewrite it, but when you live with someone for twenty years, that is the novel, and you can never write that novel with anyone again!”

How did she know this, my dear, dear child? At such a young age she knew this. When she told me, I looked at her. I said, “You‘re right.”

emilyhaldi ❤️ this book 1y
mrozzz So readable... @emilyhaldi 1y
BarbaraBB Echoing @emilyhaldi , I loved Lucy and I knew you would too 😀 (edited) 1y
See All 6 Comments
Gaylagal2 Just love Elizabeth Strout! 1y
mrozzz Hahah ☺️ @BarbaraBB 1y
mrozzz She‘s pretty great! @Gaylagal2 1y
99 likes2 stack adds6 comments
review
mrozzz
post image
Pickpick

I read the infamous Olive Kitteridge years ago, in college, and liked it but wasn‘t bowled over as I might have been if I were older.

This time, faced with Lucy Barton— I got smacked in the face with a style of writing reality (and New York) in a way that I HATE because I‘m jealous I didn‘t write it. The premise is so simple & yet so easily overtook me. UGH. I especially loved pulling back to the 80s to present “banal” marital/family stress.

Blaire This is one of the best books I‘ve read in the last 10 years. Loved it so much. Also loved olive kitteredge. 1y
mklong I loved this one so much too! Did you know they are adapting it for the stage and Laura Linney is going to be Lucy? I hope it makes it to Broadway in time for my next NYC trip 1y
mrozzz @Blaire I can see why! 1y
See All 8 Comments
mrozzz @mklong I did NOT 😯 That sounds fabulous. 1y
BarbaraBB And did you know she returns in 1y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB I did NOT until I updated Goodreads and noticed how it said “Amgash #1”. I‘m glad there‘s more waiting for me! 😃 1y
BarbaraBB And I think I heard there will be a #3 as well 🙌 1y
113 likes1 stack add8 comments
blurb
ChamomileAndCupcakes
post image

About to start my 3rd Strout!! 😍

51 likes2 stack adds
review
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
post image
Mehso-so

Meh

trazo Agreed. 1y
RebelReader Don‘t let a meh for this one discourage you from reading Anything Is Possible! It‘s so good and tells the backstories if all the people Lucy and her Mom gossiped about! @trazo @BookishTrish (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola I felt similarly, especially after some time had passed. 1y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Reviewsbylola as one of my book club members said today, it is an utterly forgettable book. 1y
35 likes5 comments
blurb
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
post image

Reading this one for my library's book club but finding it pretty underwhelming so far. I had it with me on vacation for two weeks and didn't even get halfway through it!

Ruthiella I loved this title but I think it is a real marmite book: people seem to either love it or loathe it! 🤔 1y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Ruthiella Funny, cause I just feel kinda meh about it! 1y
33 likes2 comments
blurb
BiblioTori
post image

#TrivialThursday @GarthRanzz
1. No! I wish! @Bturner588 and I might as well be, though. We keep mailing each other books to read and talking about them when we finish.
2. I would change my name to ‘Tori.‘ My name is legally Victoria, but I‘d love to be able to sign Tori on legal stuff.
3. Tough question. Maybe Capital Letters by Hailee Steinfeld. My all time fave song is Babe by Styx.

Bostonmomx2 OMG I freaking love that song too!!! 1y
BiblioTori @Bostonmomx2 I blame the last fifty shades movie. 😂 My friend and I haven‘t stopped listening to the song since we saw the movie two months ago. 1y
Bostonmomx2 Oh really? Lol I haven‘t seen that. No “desire” to haha. That song came out during my 7th/8th grade year and I‘ve loved it ever since. (edited) 1y
See All 6 Comments
BiblioTori @Bostonmomx2 oh wait! You meant the Styx song I think. 😂 my bad. I love them! My mom saw them in concert when she was in college, and I‘ve kinda been raised on their music. 1y
GarthRanzz Thanks for participating Tori! 1y
toria963 Hey I like ur 2nd answer my name is also Victoria I hate Vicky but like to me called toria tor or tori 1y
60 likes6 comments
review
EadieB
post image
Pickpick

This book really makes the reader get in touch with their feelings. It‘s mostly about that complicated love between mothers and daughters and family relationships. It‘s a character driven novel that switches from past to present. During Lucy Barton‘s hospital stay, her mother visits her and you can feel the tension even though they don‘t say much. Not much of a plot but Strout proves she is attuned to the feelings of the human condition.

Ruthiella Yes! Loved this book. So much left unsaid and yet I felt I understood what was left out. 1y
EadieB 👍 1y
90 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
tobypfrench
Pickpick

Elegant.

review
LaurenReads
post image
Mehso-so

Beautifully written, but just not for me. I was bored and every time I started getting pulled in, the story jumped completely.

asiriusreader Felt the exact same way about this one! 1y
tammysue Me too :( 1y
Eugeniavb Not my cup of tea either 1y
79 likes3 comments
review
Reagan-reads
Mehso-so

Prepare yourselves for the unpopular opinion. Lucy was boring and her husband was a dick. There were parts of her story I was interested in but the were briefly mentioned and then never again. I use the term story loosely, I don‘t know what that was, a collection of ramblings, a lot of information about your marriage? No. Glad it was a short book. It was beautifully written, poetic even, but over my head I guess.

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 but love different opinions ❤️ 2y
Gayan I felt the same. 2y
Reagan-reads @TrishB I can understand why, it was gorgeous writing, I just couldn‘t connect. 2y
Reagan-reads @Gayan glad I am not the only one!! 2y
30 likes4 comments
blurb
Reagan-reads
post image

1. There was a time, and it was many years ago now, when I had to stay in a hospital for almost nine weeks.
2. 192
3. Apparatus
4. Chrissie
5. A tie, pale blue and gold
6. Literary fiction
7. Worse, doesn‘t
8. White and gold
9. ES
10. No
11. 2016
12. None
13. Not quite
14. Nope and I might not.

blurb
Gayan
post image

I just want to read all the books at once!

39 likes1 stack add
blurb
OriginalCyn620
post image

These are the only physical books I have under 200 pages. Haven‘t read either one yet! #marchinbooks

Eggs Nice photo 2y
45 likes2 comments
blurb
Godmotherx5
post image

“No one in this world comes from nothing”

#Success #QuotsyMarch18
@TK-421

(Goodreads.com photo)

blurb
kspenmoll
post image

#riotgrams #day10 #bookandabeverage #bookmail
#LMPBC #G
Completed round 1 , group G. Full circle: returning @bookish_wookish her pick today. ❤️📚👏🏻
#book11
#ClimbingMountVancouver #TBR #Goodreads

merelybookish Nice work! 2y
Suet624 Hey! Is that my package? And I am always so jealous when I see that mug. Adore it. 2y
kspenmoll @Suet624 Feel lucky to have that mug! Yes that is your package. That was fast! 2y
See All 6 Comments
Suet624 I sent you an email. Thank you sooooooo much. 2y
kspenmoll @Suet624 Got it❤️❤️❤️ 2y
84 likes1 stack add6 comments