My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout

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Narrated By: Kimberly Farr

Duration: 4 hours and 12 minutes

What to expect

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.


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My God - she is fun to read

Richard Bausch

Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force

The New Yorker on 'Olive Kitteridge'

As ambitious as Philip Roth's American Pastoral but more intimate in tone.

Time Magazine on 'The Burgess Boys'

A novel of shining integrity and humour

Alice Munro on 'Amy and Isabelle'

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.

The New York Times Book Review on 'Amy and Isabelle'

Strout's greatly anticipated second novel . . . is an answered prayer.

Vanity Fair on 'Abide With Me'

Strout's prose propels the story forward with moments of startlingly poetic clarity.

The New Yorker on 'The Burgess Boys'

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

Ann Packer on 'Olive Kitteridge'

As perfect a novel as you could ever read