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Bookwoman: My Name is Lucy Barton (BW16-9)

  • Wed, June 14, 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • William Reif Gallery


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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Dealing with small-town women, who are always more complicated than they seem and often less likable than many contemporary heroines, Strout tells the story of a thirty-something wife and mother who is in the hospital for longer than she expected, recovering from an operation. She’s not dying, but her situation is serious enough that her mother--whom she has not seen in many years--arrives at her bedside. The two begin to talk. Their style is undramatic, gentle--just the simple unspooling of memories between women not generally given to sharing them and an accumulation of detail and repetitive themes of longing and lifelong missed connections. 

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