My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton

How did I get it?:
I bought it at Mr B’s Emporium!


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.


This short book was recommended at my reading spa in August this year. It was really sold well as an incredibly well written piece of literary fiction. I have to say, it is beautifully written. I don’t often get on with literary fiction, but I felt like I flew through this book.

It starts with Lucy who recalls a time when she was is in hospital recovering from an illness. She was in hospital for a few weeks and was visited by her mother. She was never close with her mother, but this visit gave Lucy the opportunity to catch up with her mum. That’s all there really is to the story, yet it is a wonderfully thought out piece of literature! It feels like a gentle read, but it does include some tough subjects like poverty and neglect. It is through the conversations that we find out what Lucy’s childhood was like and how her life has been a bit of a bumpy road.

I really felt like I was sat in the room, listening to the conversation between Lucy and her mother. Some of the conversation was incredibly deep and thought-provoking. I loved reading about their conversations. There were some witty conversations which were really a pleasure to read. It felt like I was listening to people I knew chatter away. Every I always felt like there was something Lucy was holding back. It is clear that Lucy has had a troubled life with a very difficult background

I did enjoy reading this book, but I felt like there was something missing. I wanted there to be more to the story, but I do often find this is the way I feel with most literary fiction! I do highly recommend Elizabeth’s Strout’s writing. It’s beautiful.

Would I recommend it?:

This book is full of stunning, profound writing!

Stacking The Shelves #149- A special haul from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

This week I went to the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. I had another reading spa with my sister. You can read about our first experience of a reading spa HERE.

Images of the shop

This time around, we had the lovely Amy as our bibliotherapist. Amy made us a cup of tea and then sat down to chat to us about our reading tastes. It was a lovely chat and we found out that our reading tastes were very similar. A wonderful bibliotherapist for us both!

Amy then supplied us with the yummiest cake as she went to collect a pile of books for us to look at. Amy come back with a huge stack of books. She also brought Emma with her (our first bibliotherapist from our first reading spa!) to talk through some books. As Amy knew we were looking into graphic novels, she also brought Ed to speak to us about some graphic novels he thought we might be interested in. All of the staff at Mr B’s are so lovely!

Here are the books we picked up. If you click on the title of the book below the photograph it’ll take you to Goodreads. What I love about this stack is that the majority of books are books we would never have picked up. I can’t wait to read them.

Deathless– Catherynne M.Valente

Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson

My Name is Lucy Barton– Elizabeth Strout

The Gracekeepers– Kirsty Logan

The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge

Dreamwalker– J.D Oswald

If I Fall, If I Die– Michael Christie

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet– Becky Chambers

The Rithmatist– Branden Sanderson

Into The Trees– Robert Williams

The Book Collector– Alice Thompson

Get In Trouble– Kelly Link

Undemajordomo Minor– Patrick DeWitt

The Immortals– S.E. Lister

Hideous Creatures– S.E LisBter

What Is Not Yours Is Yours– Helen Oyeyemi

The Nao of Brown– Glyn Dillon

Massive thanks to Amy for being so lovely and knowledgable about books. The staff at Mr B’s are marvellous. I highly recommend popping into Mr B’s if you’re in Bath in the UK! We will certainly be back…

Visit their website HERE.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!