Top Tier (4 to 5 stars)

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

This was my first introduction to Elizabeth Strout’s books, and I was hooked!

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything about Lucy’s life was fascinating: I could not put this book down. Her father’s often violent and strange lewd behaviour (triggered by PTSD), their extreme poverty, her mother’s stoic endurance – and silence: I loved every minute of this book.

Laura Linney in the stage play adaptation of My Name is Lucy Barton

I was struck by Lucy’s determination to get herself out of that town. In Strout’s later novels dealing with other characters from Lucy’s home town, Lucy often reappears briefly. Lucy also suffers from anxiety: we are, after all the sum of our life experiences.
Highly recommended!

Harvard University – Lucy’s escape from poverty.

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