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

About the Author

Elizabeth Strout has been nominated for the Booker Prize twice - longlisted in 2016 and shortlisted in 2022. She is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller, Abide With Me and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize.
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