Book discussion my name is lucy barton

The book details the complicated relationship between the titular lucy barton and her mother. Why do you think she feels like she has to maintain negative. Through lucy barton, strout has made a remarkable virtue of the novelists trick often missed of telling enough but not too much. Buy my name is lucy barton 01 by strout, elizabeth isbn. My name is lucy barton is author elizabeth strouts latest bestseller.

In fact, it bears much resemblance to that novel and to strout. My name is lucy bartonlike all of strouts fictionis more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it. It is also the work of a more mature writer, scaling new heights. Author bio birthjanuary 6, 1956 whereportland, maine, usa educationb. The narrator of strouts powerful and melancholy new novel, my name is lucy barton, might be a distant relation of olives, though she is raised in poverty outside the small town of. My name is lucy barton by key book notes reading guide. Discussion questions for reading groups and readers on my name is lucy barton by pulitzer prizewinning author elizabeth strout. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Gentle gossip about people from lucys childhood in amgash, illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of lucys life.

She was born in portland, maine, and raised in small towns in maine and new hampshire. Lucy barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Miss strout has more than one story to tell, but her stories return to many of the. A lot of things go unanswered because lucy has no memory, or she isnt in the mood to explain. My name is lucy barton elizabeth strout, 2016 random house 208 pp. San francisco chronicle a short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds. My name is lucy barton, longlisted for the man booker prize. My name is lucy barton is a short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds. My name is lucy barton by elizabeth strout excerpt. Elizabeth strouts my name is lucy barton the new york. Jan 10, 2016 the narrator of strouts powerful and melancholy new novel, my name is lucy barton, might be a distant relation of olives, though she is raised in poverty outside the small town of. Elizabeth strouts my name is lucy barton is as powerful and disturbing as the best of strouts work, including the pulitzer prizewinning olive kitteridge.

If you liked my name is lucy barton you may also like other books in our fiction category. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, beginning with lucys time in the hospital when she was younger. How to discuss a book helpful discussion tips generic discussion questionsfiction and nonfiction readthinktalk a guided reading chart also, consider these litlovers talking points to help start a discussion for my name is lucy barton. My name is lucy barton like all of strouts fiction is more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it. Do you think lucy blames her mother for the more painful parts of her childhood. My name is lucy barton elizabeth strout thinking in. The story, told through episodic memories and moments, explores concepts of loneliness. My name is lucy barton is a 2016 new york times bestselling novel and the fifth novel by the american writer elizabeth strout. Sign me up to get more news about literary fiction books.

And elizabeth strouts haunting new novel is, in fact, a kind of book withina book, framed as a memoir or possibly an autobiographical novel. She doesnt even provide names for all of her characters. What role does the gossip lucy and her mother share play in the book. In fact, it bears much resemblance to that novel and to strouts debut amy. Instead, 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. Jul 27, 2016 through lucy barton, strout has made a remarkable virtue of the novelists trick often missed of telling enough but not too much. To view books in process, and to suggest new books, go to books in process. Strouts fifth novel, it was shortlisted for the international dublin literary award and the man booker prize.

She doesnt even provide nam more its an underwritten book. Very very rarely you come across a book that is so close to perfection that writing about it yourself seems like an act of sacrilege. My name is lucy barton, by elizabeth strout, is written as a fictional memoir of a famous author. Discussion questions book club recommendationsdiscussion. Questions and topics for discussion my name is lucy barton. The book does feel a bit abbreviated, but thats only because the characters and ideas are so compelling we want to hear more from the.

The story is told in a series of flashbacks, beginning with lucy s time in the hospital when she was younger. A novel by elizabeth strout at the tenney memorial library on october 3, at 7. Her bestselling novels, including olive kitteridge and the burgess boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. What happened to lucy that estranged her from her parents. This is a magnificent book, one that explores much hurt and darkness without ever relinquishing its compassion or. My name is lucy barton confirms strout as a powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships, weaving family tapestries with compassion, wisdom and insight. I was in lucy bartons head from the very first page. While her daughters are still quite young, lucy is taken ill and spends 9 weeks in.

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 downtoearth and unpretentious one. Again we are talking about a new novel from the pulitzer prizewinning author of olive kitteridge and the burgess boys, the new novel is my name is lucy barton. Book discussion group the newbury womans club weblog. In 2009, her book, olive kitteridge, won the pulitzer prize and was turned into a miniseries for hbo starring oscar winner frances mcdormand. The pulitzer prizewinning author of olive kitteridge says she was a bad lawyer before turning her energies to writing. Her latest novel, my name is lucy barton, is about an aspiring writer. Discussion questions use our litlovers book club resources. But my name is lucy barton is the story of a daughter who loved her mother, and that is a very different story. Generic discussion questionsfiction and nonfiction readthinktalk a guided reading chart also, consider these litlovers talking points to help start a discussion for my name is lucy barton. Lucys husband asked her mother to visit her in the hospital, and paid for her trip.

Lucy recalls that her earliest memories of her parents are accompanied by a feeling of loneliness. Jan 22, 2016 i was in lucy bartons head from the very first page. Praise for my name is lucy barton there is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. A comprehensive guide to elizabeth strouts my name is lucy barton, this discussion aid includes a wealth of information and resources. My name is lucy barton random house 2016 by the 2009 pulitzer prize winning author elizabeth strout, is a touching and troubling story concerning a young married woman, lucy barton, who lives in new york in the 1980s with her husband and two daughters. My name is lucy barton by elizabeth strout reading guide. Strout avoids sentimentality by imbuing lucys narrative with a pervasive sense of uncertainty. I promise you its a book youre going to want to read. There is a moment in my name is lucy barton when the protagonist. She doesnt even provide nammore its an underwritten book. The burgess boys, named one of the best books of the year by the washington post and npr. Review of my name is lucy barton by elizabeth strout. The narrator of elizabeth strouts new novel has a peculiar voice for a twicemarried, successful writer and mother of two grown.

My name is lucy barton by key book notes reading guidebook. Elizabeth strouts contemporary novel, my name is lucy barton 2016, is. While i hope for all my books to provide the reader with a kind of intimate experience this one seems particularly available for that, i think. Womens fiction buy now this book is on reading list for january 2017.

Lonely was the first flavor i had tasted in my life, and it was always there, hidden inside the crevices of my mouth, reminding this book. My name is lucy barton by elizabeth strout, paperback. Also, i have just finished reading the discussion critics offer about the. When did you first begin to suspect, then to fully understand lucys demons.

Its rare when this happens when the words of a book hypnotize you. Yet at times one cant help but wish there was more story to tell, though she continues to tell this one very skillfully. A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words. My name is lucy barton centers around lucy, her mother and lucys abusive childhood which included being locked in a truck with a snake. 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. My name is lucy barton is a 2016 novel by american author elizabeth strout. A new book by pulitzer prize winner elizabeth strout is cause for celebration. And elizabeth strouts haunting new novel is, in fact, a kind of bookwithinabook, framed as a memoir or possibly an autobiographical novel. It was first published in the united states on january 12, 2016 through random house. Immediately download the my name is lucy barton summary, chapterbychapter analysis, book notes, essays, quotes, character descriptions, lesson plans, and more everything you need for studying or teaching my name is lucy barton. October 3, 2019 discussion please join the book group discussion of my name is lucy barton. How does writing help her deal with the issues in her own life. In my name is lucy barton, there are no plot twists to distract or verbal acrobatics to charm.

Feb 02, 2016 my name is lucy barton confirms strout as a powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships, weaving family tapestries with compassion, wisdom and insight. The book does feel a bit abbreviated, but thats only because the characters and ideas are so compelling we want to hear more from the author who has limned them so sensitively. My name is lucy barton was a different kind of book for me, and writing it surprised me. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Beautifully expressed with sparse prose, my name is lucy barton left me breathless and, i have to admit, a bit teary by books end. Her mother, to whom she hasnt spoken for many years, comes to see her. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of my name is lucy barton by elizabeth strout. Oct 11, 2016 gentle gossip about people from lucys childhood in amgash, illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of lucys life. Putting down my name is lucy barton, i couldnt help thinking id just read a youngadult novel written for middleaged readers, a book designed around a very simple and entirely innocuous.

This is a magnificent book, one that explores much hurt and darkness without ever relinquishing its compassion or its light, says danielle. Jan 04, 2016 but my name is lucy barton is the story of a daughter who loved her mother, and that is a very different story. Having just finished elizabeth strouts latest novel, my name is lucy barton, all i want to do is hide myself away and think about the enormity of her achievement in a book that runs to only two hundred pages and which my ereader tells me can be read in just. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. My name is lucy barton while not truly relevant to this discussion, i will say here at the beginning that the rating of very good for this novel does not begin to express my feelings about it. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. May 12, 2017 anything is possible might look like a sequel, since it takes place after the action of elizabeth strouts bestselling 2016 novel, my name is lucy barton, and portrays many of the. Do you think that was a gesture of love on his part. My name is lucy barton by elizabeth strout book club. Do not be misled by the slimness of this volume, the quietness of its prose, the seeming simplicity of its story line.

Join diane and guests for a discussion of my name is lucy barton. My name is lucy barton is a slight novel, easily consumed in one sitting, and strouts prose is light, clear, and deliberate, ever offering the telling detail but no more than that. Anything is possible might look like a sequel, since it takes place after the action of elizabeth strouts bestselling 2016 novel, my name is lucy barton, and portrays many of the. Shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of allthe one between mother and daughter. Elizabeth strouts followup to lucy barton is a master. Review of my name is lucy barton by elizabeth strout, plus backstory and other interesting facts about the book. My name is lucy barton is a title that announces itself with call me ishmael forthrightness. Now, in my name is lucy barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all the one between mother and daughter. Jan, 2016 in my name is lucy barton, there are no plot twists to distract or verbal acrobatics to charm. Soon to be a broadway play starring laura linney produced by manhattan theatre club and london theatre company. Reviews and discussion questions for my name is lucy barton are listed along with links to key places and things relevant to the story.

Elizabeth strouts contemporary novel, my name is lucy barton 2016, is presented as a memoir by a fictional author. Elizabeth strouts my name is lucy barton the new york times. They dont discuss why lucys brother still lives at home and reads childrens books. Dec 18, 2015 my name is lucy barton is a slight novel, easily consumed in one sitting, and strouts prose is light, clear, and deliberate, ever offering the telling detail but no more than that. Feb 11, 2016 my name is lucy barton is a book of deep insight, of delicate feelings, fine writing and elusive events.

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