Staff Shelf-Talker: “My Name is Lucy Barton,” Elizabeth Strout

lucy bartonThe much anticipated latest novel by Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge has finally arrived.

Having left behind a damaged and poverty stricken childhood in the Midwest Lucy Barton is living a comfortable and stable life with her family in New York.  During a prolonged hospital stay her estranged mother visits prompting Lucy to confront her past, reassess her future and take the first tentative steps to becoming a writer.  With clarity, honesty and compassion Lucy recalls the isolation, shame and fear of her childhood and the relationships and simple acts of kindness that have sustained her. Touching on the complexities of parental love, the indestructibility of family bonds and the ruthless and selfish nature of the creative drive, this concise and beautifully written book should be in every home library.

-Laura

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