Lucy Barton was supposed to have a simple operation and go home. Instead, an infection has taken over her body forcing her to stay in the hospital for nine weeks.
Her children are small so her husband must stay with them. Her mother, who she has not spoken to in many years, comes to visit.
They reconnect and talk of old friends and neighbors. Lucy begins to think about her childhood, growing up in poverty and the odds she over came to escape her troubled family.
The narrative in the book is powerful. The story is sobering and real. Lucy's voice is unforgettable. A book I would of never picked on my own, but I'm so glad I read it.
FROM THE PUBLISHER:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.
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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.