Elizabeth Strout’s moving story shows how a simple hospital visit illuminates the tender relationship between an estranged mother and daughter.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, who she hasn’t spoken to for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of her life: her impoverished childhood in Amgash, her escape to New York, her faltering marriage – and her own love for two daughters.

The Man Booker Prize 2016
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Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout

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Before writing, Elizabeth Strout had a brief career in the law. She didn’t tell people about her ambition to become an author ‘Because they look at you with such looks of pity. I just couldn’t stand that.’
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