Bonds. Our best writers find a way to be simple and complex at the same time. Elizabeth Strout’s short novel titled, My Name is Lucy Barton, can be perceived as a simple tale about a mother and daughter. It is also a complex and aching story about love and abuse and the bonds of love that can endure anything. In the same way that the emotions of some characters are implied in the novel, Strout uses great efficiency in her prose to convey more in a single sentence than many writers can achieve in long chapters. Strout’s writing is superb, and she is mastering nuance, to my great pleasure.
Rating: Five-star (I love it)
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