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My Name Is Lucy Barton

A Novel
Sprecher: Kimberly Farr
Spieldauer: 4 Std. und 11 Min.
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Number-one New York Times best seller

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.

Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, BookPage, LibraryReads, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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. 

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 

“A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.” (The Boston Globe)

“It is Lucy’s gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mother’s shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds... It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.” (Newsday)

“Spectacular.... Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom.... [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.” (Lily King, The Washington Post)

“An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.” (People)

“This slim, perceptive novel packs more sentiment and pain into its unsparingly honest and forthright prose than novels two and three times as long. Strout... has always awed us with her ability to put into words the mysterious and unfathomable ways in which people cherish each other.” (Chicago Tribune)

©2016 Elizabeth Strout (P)2016 Random House Audio

Kritikerstimmen

"This story of family, poverty, aspirations, and obstacles is immediately gripping, thanks to the combination of Strout's high-quality prose and Kimberly Farr's nearly flawless performance." (AudioFile)

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Ein ganz besonderes Hörbuch

Dieses Hörbuch habe ich in kleinen Einheiten genossen, damit auch nichts verloren geht.
Sehr zart und empathisch wird eine Mutter-Tochterbeziehung aus der Retrospektive der Tochter geschildert.
Es gibt keine große Handlung. Lucy Barton erinnert sich, wie sie vor vielen Jahren („many, many years ago“) in New York mehrere Wochen im Krankenhaus lag. Überraschend kommt ihre Mutter, die sie jahrelang nicht gesehen hat, sie besuchen und verbringt fünf oder sechs Tage und Nächte an ihrem Krankenbett. Die Sprache ist einfach und in ihrer Einfachheit wunderschön. Häufig klingen die Sätze nach und implizieren dadurch viel mehr als gesagt wird. Kimberly Farr ist die ideale Besetzung für dieses kostbare Buch, das mir beim Hören häufig Glücksgefühle bereitet hat. Für mich eines der schönsten Hörbücher dieses Jahr. Ein echtes Highlight.