My Name Is Lucy Barton

The Guardian: Bridge Theatre's LUCY "beautifully nuanced"

Elizabeth Strout’s first-person narrative, longlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2016 … fits perfectly on the stage. That’s partly because of the quality of the writing and partly because of a beautifully nuanced solo performance by Laura Linney.
— Michael Billington for The Guardian

Dublin Literary Award Shortlist: My Name is Lucy Barton

The author tells a story both beautiful and haunting, revealed piecemeal through the memories and conversations of a mother and her adult daughter.… This is a deceptively simple novel that uses its sparseness to ensure each word and sentence are weighted to provide a taut, compelling novel.

Lovely to find MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON on the shortlist for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.

The Atlantic: When Memories Are True Even When They’re Not

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout discusses Louise Glück’s poem “Nostos” and the powerful way literature can harbor recollection.

Glück seems to be saying that childhood is the only constant, immutable thing, while everything that comes after that—“the rest,” she says, our whole adult life—occurs in the shifty arena of memory. Our whole present tense takes place in the shadows of the original, pure impressions of childhood.
— Elizabeth Strout
"By Heart: When Memories Are True Even When They’re Not"
Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, May 2, 2017