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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

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  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Lucy wakes in a hospital to see her estranged mother whom she hasn't seen in years. For five days, her mother tells her stories about the people in Lucy's past. Yet what they don't talk about is as important as what is shared.

    * "'There was a time, and it was many years ago now,' Elizabeth Strout’s slim and spectacular new novel begins, 'when I had to stay in a hospital for almost nine weeks.' And it feels like she is going to tell us a story, the old-fashioned, uncomplicated kind. But only for a little while. 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' is smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom." - Washington Post

    * "In My Name is Lucy Barton, there are no plot twists to distract or verbal acrobatics to charm: the story must rest instead on its bare emotional truth. The result is a novel of gorgeous simplicity and restraint." - NPR

    * "There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. 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. Oh, I was happy' — simple joy." - New York Times


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  • Joan P.

    Thank you, Terry, for hosting! I'll email Terry's West Petaluma address to attendees a few days before our meeting.

    November 24

    • Terry B

      My pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

      November 24

  • Christine O.

    Would have loved to read this book/been part of the discussion but unbelievably, will be out of town, again... :-(

    November 21

    • Joan P.

      Oh no, I'm so sorry!

      November 21

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