by Elizabeth Strout
narrated by Kimberly Farr
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Publisher: Random House
Genre: Literary, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 208 pages
There was a time, and it was many years ago now, when I had to stay in a hospital for almost nine weeks.
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.
Nothing like an illness to get perspective on life, living and true relationships.
This story is told in a gentle way addressing issues in the protagonist's past. Whether or not things will be resolved and revealed remains a mystery as in life.
* Listened to audiobook version.
* part of Tournament of Books 2017 (here)