Saturday, March 11, 2017
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Written as a fictional memoir of a famous author, the story is told in a series of flashbacks. Lucy's childhood was one of extreme poverty, sadness, and isolation. The themes dealt with in this book are important ones...how incompletely we know one another, the nature of love and family, the redemptive power of little things. But the overriding feeling I took away from this book was loneliness and how it permeated everything in her life. This quote pretty much sums it up:
"Lonely was the first flavor I had tasted in my life, and it was always there, hidden inside the crevices of my mouth, reminding me."