Random House Trade Paperbacks My Name Is Lucy Barton: A novel
Random House Trade Paperbacks My Name Is Lucy Barton: A novel

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A novel

By Elizabeth Strout


Publication Date: October 11, 2016

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The cascade of celebratory reviews and committed Elizabeth Strout fans which greeted the publication of My Name Is Lucy Barton buoyed this extraordinary novel to the #1 slot on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of on-sale in hardcover.

Lucy Barton, a writer, married with two young children, is in the hospital in New York City due to an infection from a simple appendix operation. (Her medical condition is incidental—it’s not about the illness.)

Her mother, whom she hasn’t seen in years, comes from Amgash, Illinois, to visit her, and sits by her bedside, reminiscing about people she and Lucy know from Lucy’s childhood, before Lucy went off to college and never returned.

The power from this extraordinary book is what remains unsaid between the lines of their gentle gossip, and what Lucy fills in for the reader about her troubled family, shamed by poverty, and how Lucy came to be a writer.

What makes the book reverberate with such feeling is the lacerating mother/daughter relationship. And yet at the end of the day you know how much these two women, regardless of the past, truly and deeply love each other.

Story Locale: New York City, NY

Publication History: Random House HC (1/16)

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, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick, 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 in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Portland, ME

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 240 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

ISBN: 9780812979527

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