My name is Lucy Barton. Finished 2-25-17, rating 3.75/5, fiction, pub. 2016
Unabridged audio read by Kimberly Farr
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 lies 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. from Goodreads
I was going to wait to write about this one until after our book club meeting, but since it’s been postponed until June I think I’ll go ahead before I forget about it completely. I listened to this short book and it was okay. The writing was great and the mother-daughter relationship at the center was complex and interesting. The mother was infuriating and I was hoping that Lucy would stand up to her, but as is the case in most parental relationships, they are fraught with landmines that one or both parties would just like to avoid. This made Lucy a weaker character that she might have been if the story had been told just from the point of view of her escaping her poverty-stricken childhood.
It did feel disjointed, jumping from here to there, with nothing much going on, but then by the end all of the little paths merged into something quite complete. I did like it, but I’m not sure I’ll be reading more from the author.