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My Name Is Lucy Barton: From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge Paperback – 11 October 2016

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A heart-wrenching story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive KitteridgePublisher's description

I am deeply impressed. Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue. I have never read her before and I knew within a few sentences that here was an artist to value and respect -- Hilary Mantel

Strout's best novel yet -- Ann Patchett

An exquisite novel... in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to - 'I was so happy. Oh, I was happy' - simple joy -- Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review

So good I got goosebumps... a masterly novel of family ties by one of America's finest writersSunday Times

My Name is Lucy Barton confirms Strout as a powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships... Deeply affecting novel...visceral and heartbreaking...If she hadn't already won the Pulitzer for Olive Kitteridge this new novel would surely be a contenderObserver

Hypnotic...yielding a glut of profoundly human truths to do with flight, memory and longingMail on Sunday

This is a book you'll want to return to again and again and againIrish Independent

Slim and spectacular...My Name Is Lucy Barton is smart and cagey in every way. It starts with the clean, solid structure and narrative distance of a fairy tale yet becomes more intimate and improvisational, coming close at times to the rawness of autofiction by writers such as Karl Ove Knausgaard and Rachel Cusk. Strout is playing with form here, with ways to get at a story, yet nothing is tentative or haphazard. She is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.... ― Washington Post

My Name Is Lucy Barton is a short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters... It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one ― Newsday

Her concise writing is a masterclass in deceptive simplicity...Strout writes with an exacting rhythm, with each word and clause perfectly placed and weighted and each sentence as clear and bracing as grapefruit.
It's a small masterpieceDaily Mail

This short, simple, quiet novel wriggles its way right into your heart and stays thereRed

A beautifully taut novelGuardian

Agleam with extraordinary psychological insights...delicate, tender but ruthless reveriesSunday Express

An eerie, compelling novel, its deceptively simple language is a 'slight rush of words' which hold much more than they seem capable of containing...
This novel is about the need to create a story we can live with when the real story cannot be told...Financial Times

Strout uses a different voice herself in this novel: a spare simple one, elegiac in tone that sometimes
brings to mind Joan Didion'sThe Tablet

This is a glorious novel, deft, tender and true. Read itSunday Telegraph

An exquisitely written story...a brutally honest, absorbing and emotive read ― Catholic Universe

Honest, intimate and ultimately unforgettableStylist

Sympathetic, subtle and sometimes shocking -- Emma Healey

Plain and beautiful...Strout writes with an extraordinary tenderness and restraint -- Kate Summerscale

One of this year's best novels: an intense, beautiful book about a mother and a daughter, and the difficulty and ambivalence of family life -- Marcel Theroux

Elizabeth Strout's prose is like words doing jazz -- Rachel Joyce

Elizabeth Strout's
Olive Kitteridge is the best novel I've read for some time -- David Nicholls

An exquisite novel of careful words and vibrating silences ―
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2016

In this quiet, well observed novel, a mother and her mysteriously ill daughter rebuild their relationship in a New York hospital room. Deft and tender, it lingers in the mind ―
Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

A worthy follow-up to
Olive Kitteridge -- David Nicholls ― Guardian Books of the Year

I loved
My Name is Lucy Barton: she gets better with each book -- Maggie O'Farrell ― Guardian Books of the Year

The standout novel of the year - a visceral account of the relations between mother and daughter and the unreliability of memory -- Linda Grant ―
Guardian Books of the Year

In a brilliant year for fiction, I've admired the nuanced restraint of Elizabeth Strout's
My Name is Lucy Barton -- Hilary Mantel ― Guardian Books of the Year

Elizabeth Strout's
My Name is Lucy Barton shouldn't work, but its frail texture was a triumph of tenderness, and sent me back to her excellent Olive Kitteridge -- Cressida Connolly ― The Spectator

A rich account of a relationship between mother and daughter, the frailty of memory and the power of healing -- Mark Damazer ―
New Statesman

This physically slight book packs an unexpected emotional punch -- Simon Heffer ―
Daily Telegraph

A novel offering more hope -- Daisy Goodwin ―
Daily Mail

My Name Is Lucy Barton intrigues and pierces with its evocative, skin-peeling back remembrances of growing up dirt-poor. -- Ann Treneman ― The Times

Masterly -- Anna Murphy

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A heart-wrenching story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (General UK); 1st edition (11 October 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241248787
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241248782
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.7 x 1.4 x 20 cm
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Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine and New York City.

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