13. My Name Is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout
Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed.
They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how she eventually moved to the big city, got married and had kids. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she’s made: wondering what is lost and what is yet to be found. From Lucy’s hospital bed, we are drawn ever more deeply into the emotional complexity of family life, the inescapable power of the past, and the memories – however painful – that bind a family together.