Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audibook edition of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, read by Kimberly Farr.
A mother comes to visit her daughter in hospital after having not seen her in many years. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront her past, uncovering long-buried memories of a profoundly impoverished childhood; and her present, as the façade of her new life in New York begins to crumble, awakening her to the reality of her faltering marriage and her unsteady journey towards becoming a writer.
From Lucy's hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories - however painful - that bind a family together.
A novel of shining integrity and humour
As perfect a novel as you could ever read
My God - she is fun to read
As ambitious as Philip Roth's American Pastoral but more intimate in tone.
Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force
Strout's prose propels the story forward with moments of startlingly poetic clarity.
One of those rare, invigorating books that take an apparently familiar world and peer into it with ruthless intimacy, revealing a strange and startling place.
Strout's greatly anticipated second novel . . . is an answered prayer.
Elizabeth Strout writes beautifully about the compromises and small joys of what we might call mature people. Delicate, nuanced, insightful, and profoundly moving, Olive Kitteridge provides exactly the pleasures and the depths of feeling that I crave when I read fiction
Speaking on the Penguin Podcast, Elizabeth Strout talks about her ability to imagine character and her mother's impact on her career.
Anything is Possible author Elizabeth Strout on writing about the tougher side of life in small town America, and why these stories are so important