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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
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My Name is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

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Every word is in its place. You just want to imbibe them... to drink them down, they're so beautifully imagined.

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251 ratings
  • 35% Love
  • 44% Like
  • 18% Dislike
  • Hatboro , PA

    Absolutely one of my favorites. There are certain phrases that just make ya think..hmmm yep very true. Mom and daughter relationships are not always simple..and this book allows us to accept that

  • Strasburg, VA

    This story was a beautiful take on the imperfect love of families. We can be separated from family by miles and years, yet still connected at the heart. A quick read, but lovely and moving.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    This novel focuses inward of a young woman who builds her life out of loneliness and poverty. Quiet and powerful, we see the connections and disconnections between a small family and town.

  • Carlsbad, CA

    Love the concept of seeing a character through the eyes of others... Barton also does an outstanding job of making a typically unlikable character likable

  • Bozeman, MT

    A sparse and haunting novel that's more a meditation on a damaged mother-daughter relationship. Lyrical and quietly powerful. I was enthralled.

  • Austin, TX

    I basically love anything Elizabeth Strout writes......really felt the mother-daughter relationship come through in this book.

  • Meadowbrook, PA

    The first Strout book I've read and I'll definitely look for more. I really enjoyed it. It stayed with me.

  • Chicago, IL

    Love Elizabeth Strout. She can do no wrong in my book. I can't even write an un-biased review...

  • Wake Forest, NC

    Morose but not depressing, impactful but not overwrought -- I am still feeling all the feels.

  • Turlock, CA

    Family, memory, relationships, life, it's all here in this short, thought provoking read.

  • Cincinnati, OH

    A beautiful wrought novel. Strout's spare and tender prose was mesmerizing.

  • Caldwell, NJ

    Superbly drawn characters in a well-told tale. Thoroughly engaging.

  • San Mateo, CA

    Strout doesn't disappoint as a veteran, well-polished writer.

  • Raleigh, NC

    Loved this book. Enjoyed the author's writing style a lot!

  • Vista, CA

    Such a good story about a mother-daughter relationship.

  • Dawsonville, GA

    I really enjoyed the book.

  • Ocean View, DE

    A small classic.

  • Corona, CA


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