So excited to start reading “Anything is Possible”! I was first introduced to Elizabeth Strout when I read Olive Kitteridge (since I read all the books that win the Pulitzer in fiction) and I’ve been in love with her writing ever since 😍....what’s your favorite book? #coryns_mom
I savoured the psychological exploration into a mother-daughter relationship that this book, #mynameislucybarton presented during our week away. The premise of this story: Daughter gets sick; mother comes to spend time with her in the hospital to support & reconnect! I could relate to this but with some MAJOR differences to my experience. Theirs is an estranged relationship with a pretty dysfunctional history... And in my case, my mum spoiled me rotten by lovingly cooking & feeding me for weeks with my fav food while I was zonked. Lucy Barton’s mom came to keep her company at the hospital and pretty much sat there the entire time - they just chatted & re-connected. To be fair, it was a good healing process for Lucy (& maybe even her mum). Elizabeth Stroud’s style reminds me of Miriam Toews’ (All My Puny Sorrows & A Complicated Kindness)... melancholy but in a witty uplifting & hopeful way... I really enjoyed this little gem & can imagine wanting to read it again in a year. This is my #book19 of #abookaweek and it reminded me of how much I appreciated the time I had with my mum to get to know her - from yet another perspective 🌷
Elizabete Strauta "Mani sauc Lūsija Bārtone"
Lūsija Bārtone pamazām atkopjas no, kā sākotnēji šķita, vienkāršas operācijas. Viņu apciemot ierodas māte, ar kuru viņa nav runājusi jau vairākus gadus. Šķiet, nekaitīgās tenkas par ļaudīm no Lūsijas bērnības Amgašā, Ilinoisā, ļauj viņām atjaunot saikni, tomēr zem aisberga redzamās daļas slēpjas spriedze un ilgas, kas Lūsiju pavadījušas katru dzīves brīdi: viņas izraušanās no nelabvēlīgās ģimenes, sapnis kļūt par rakstnieci, laulība, mīlestība pret divām meitām. Pašas Lūsijas vēstījums savērpjas spēcīgā, skaudri vērīgā, dziļi cilvēciskā un patiesi neaizmirstamā stāstā.
Viss tik sarežģīts, bet tajā pat laikā vienkāršs, ikdienā sastopams un redzams, liekot vilkt paralēles ar lasītāja dzīvi. Tiklīdz šķiet, ka stāstā beidzot satausti piedošanu, tā izgaist, lai atkal parādītos citā nodaļā un tāpat arī pazustu.
Stāts vienai pēcpusdienai un vairāku dienu pēcgaršai.
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.
Åh, vilken sucker jag har blivit för de här grejerna. Ni vet, en-kvinnas-storys som är skarpt skrivna, egensinniga, charmiga... och galet sorgliga under det skarpa och egensinniga och charmiga. Elionor Oliphant är fortfarande stjärnan (eller hjärtat ❤️!), men Lucys historia är kortare och därmed aningen skarpare, så jag kan inte sätta annat än toppbetyg. Om något så gick den för snabbt att läsa. Jag älskar verkligen sånt här språk, sånt här upplägg, sådana här karaktärer... Sorry, blir inte mer recension än så. Förälskelse kan inte förklaras! 😍
My Name is Lucy Barton
By: Elizabeth Strout
Lucy is reflecting back on her life and takes us to a time in her mid-thirties when she was very sick and hospitalized for about 3 three months. As she steps back in time we learn about the loneliness and sadness she has carried with her since childhood. Her mother comes to visit her for a brief period of 5 days. Lucy and her mother's relationship is strained to put it kindly. Her mother has never met her children, she doesn't ever remember her mother saying she loves her and yet there is still an unspoken love between both of them that is fierce and resilient. During her mother's visit she has many realizations about her mother and the relationship she has with her family. This mother/daughter relationship is uncomfortable much of the time but is grounded in love and honesty.
This was a really quick read that almost felt like an extended short-story. I loved Lucy's character, I felt both admiration and pity for her. The story is weaved together so nicely making it effortless to get through. The relationship Lucy had with her mother is something that I find difficult to relate with but something I know exists. It makes me appreciate my mother more than I ever thought possible.
I have used the word “trash” as my mother did that day in the hospital as she spoke of Elvis Presley. I used it with a good friend I made not long after I left the hospital and she told me, after I met her her, after my mother came to see me in the hospital, that she and her mother would fight and they hit each other, and I said to her: “That’s so trashy.” And she, my friend, said “Well, we were trash.” #mynameislucybarton#elisabethstrout#books
Fenomenalna Elizabet Straut. #Repost from @uspavana_sova with @regram.app ... ''Bio je maj, potom i jun, i pamtim kako sam ustajala i gledaoa kroz prozor dole u pločnik i posmatrala mlade žene - mojih godina - u prolećnoj odeći, na pauzi za ručak; videla sam kako im se glave pomeraju u razgovoru, kako im se bluze nabiru na lahoru.
Tahaton asetelma kotoa: tuima tyttö, jaloleinikit, Elizabeth Stroutin hieno romaani ”Nimeni on Lucy Barton”. Kirja oli minulle ennen muuta kertomus minuudesta oman elämän kertojana. Hienoja vaivihkaisia lukijan kutsumisia kertojan sisäisyyden äärelle. ”Haluan vielä kertoa, vaikkei tämä yksityiskohta kenties tärkeä olekaan, että”...Romaanissa ei ollut avainkohtauksia, vaan sattumanvaraisen oloisesti mieleen tulleita tuokioita ja ohikiitävyyksiä. Tekee mieli ottaa opikseen tästä tavasta kertoa. #elizabethstrout#mynameislucybarton#writing#narrative#home
Recently @beth.bonini tagged us to #showmeyourcoffeetablebooks .
The books you see here are a combination of my coffee table books and the books on my nearby side table next to my reading chair. It's a mix of books I'm currently reading, hoping to read, or recently acquired!
📚Coffee table book #1 : A book on the state of Pennsylvania which my parents bought me years ago when I was homesick for my state after moving to California.
📚#2 A LIFE magazine book on Frank Sinatra given to us for a wedding gift. (I adore Frank's music!)
The little red book is Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti which after I saw it on a post by @bookmusings, I snatched up at the library. It's a delightful little book containing anecdotes and actual notes from Literati Bookstore's public typewriter in Ann Arbor, MI. It's heartwarming and delightful and would make a perfect permanent coffee table book!!
Lastly, I'm reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire aloud to my kids, keeping a large glass of water nearby as it's definitely the longest book I've ever read aloud! 😆
I've tagged a few friends or if you'd like to #showmeyourcoffeetablebooks , please feel free to play along!
whatever I know, and everything I write has been an effect and the outcome of the books I've had the pleasure to read. only fitting that I end the last day of National Poetry Month with a book review.
my name is Lucy Barton, is a book about a woman that grew up from nothing into everything. It is about depravity, about how the stinking rich treat the sorry poor, about how a father so traumatized by his own incapability to grieve and mourn has unleashed on his children, but not to cause them harm or instill fear in them. to love them, the best he knows how. and about a mother that only knows to love and give to the best of her abilities.
most importantly it is about Lucy, and the house she grew up in, the rags she wore and the marks she bore, the husband who reminded her too often of how she had nothing, and how she tried to cope with her new riches, one clove of garlic at a time.
it is about love and how dysfunctional the forms of it are, and how your idea of it is morphed and shaped by the environment you are brought up in. your craving for it, your misjudgement of it, all of it stems from that part of your childhood where you felt loved, or hoped for it.
my name is Lucy Barton, is also a book I relate to because it is written in first person and from the point of view of Lucy, it is a story about her life, and we all know those are the best kind of stories, the stories best shared.
- my name is Lucy Barton, a revelation, written for #Day30 of #NaPoWriMo
Props to @harnidhk for an entire month of prompts and this last one like every other one, was written by yours truly.
And the book hoarder strikes again. 😂 At P30 each this is a steal. I believe that these books were from library book sales from the US, bought from there then made their way here to the Philippines. Three of the books does not have dust jackets and I believe that is the reason why they were selling the books cheap considering that they are just new releases. But hey, who cares about dust jackets. 😉
1. 2016 Man Booker Prize longlisted book My Name is Lucy Barton by Pulitzer Prize - winning author of Olive Kitteridge
2. 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and 2016 Governor's General Award - winning book Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein. It was also short-listed for the Man Booker Prize that same year.
3. A 2016 Audie Book for Nonfiction award - winning book Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis which is a memoir by J. D. Vance. This book is now on its 51st week on the New York Times Top 10 best-selling book list.
4. City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson which is being optioned by Universal Pictures for its movie adaptation.
Had a really cute book club this weekend for My Name is Lucy Barton. My mother-in-law organized it for when my mom and sister were visiting. We were joined by one other mother/daughter duo for a lovely evening of conversation! 📚
I still can’t say I love this book, but I did really enjoy talking about it. It brought up so many different topics and having mothers and daughters to discuss it with made it really special.