My Name Is Lucy Barton
A NovelBook - 2016
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While Lucy Barton is recovering from an operation at the hospital, her mother, to whom she has not spoken for years, decides to come for a visit. They attempt to reconnect by gossiping about people from Lucy’s childhood; however, Lucy is unable to ignore the hidden tensions and longings from her ... Read More »
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"But really, the ruthlessness, I think, comes in grabbing onto myself, in saying: This is me, and I will not go where I can't bear to go - to Amgash, Illinois - and I will not stay in a marriage when I don't want to, and I will grab myself and hurl onward through like, blind as a bat, but on I go! This is the ruthlessness, I think."
There was a time and it was many years ago now when I had to stay in a hospital for almost nine weeks.
"I felt the cold-hot shock that comes from being struck without warning; my husband was an only child, and my mother had told me long before that such a "condition" as she put it, could only lead to selfishness in the end."
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From a simple hospital visit comes a tender story about a relationship between one daughter and her mother.
Lucy is slowly recovering from surgery. Her mother, with whom she hasn’t spoken in many years, appears at her bedside. Over the course of five days, the two exchange gossip from the past. These stories seem to reconnect them. Below the surface though lies tension that governed Lucy’s life and caused her to escape her troubled family, helped her become a writer, divorce her husband and define her love of two daughters. Strout tugs at our heartstrings as Lucy’s life unfolds because we, too, can identify with incidents similar to our lives. Short and bitter-sweet.
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