Wednesday, September 07, 2016
First Wednesday Book Review" MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, Elizabeth Strout
"Otherwise on occasion, and without warning, my mother, and usually in the presence of our father, struck us impulsively and vigorously."
An impoverished childhood leads Lucy to a life that looks successful on paper: a writer with a husband and two children. Yet this hospital stay allows another woman to steal that away from her. Yet a passivity on Lucy's part keeps the reader a bit distant from all of her travails.
On occasion, you intuit that a writer's life experiences are so different from yours that you will never fully understand her characters. And although I love Strout's novels and her writing, I am always looking at the page through gauze. I don't mind it though. I don't expect to "get" every novel I read any longer.
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