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.
I loved Oliver Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout so was delighted to get her latest offering from Netgalley. It is a short novel and written in a disjointed way which along with the lack of background behind Lucy's thoughts and conversations with her mother made it difficult for me to get into. It's obviously meant to be like this and has been getting plenty of rave reviews but unfortunately it didn't work for me and I'm left feeling disappointed.