Format: Hardcover and ebook
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 2016
From the publisher:
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.
This is a short little book with much more story than the number of pages would suggest. As Lucy tells her story it’s with spare language that clearly tells the basics but at the same time hints at much unsaid.
At first it’s she and her mother reminiscing about people they knew but within that is Lucy doing her own telling of her childhood and her departure to college and a new life so very different. This book is about family relationships, it’s about wondering what love means.
Lucy herself seemed flat. Even as I finished the book I didn’t feel as if I knew Lucy Barton.
Individual sentences and paragraphs were beautiful but they were wrapped up into a whole story that left me wanting. It was good but I wanted it to be better.