My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout (Adult Fiction)
Lucy Barton is a woman recovering from what should have been a simple operation. During her convalescence, her mother sits by her hospital bed and the two begin to idly gossip about hometown neighbors while languishing in their own shortcomings.
This book received mostly positive reviews and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, although it’s hard for me to understand why. The story was forgettable, uninspiring, and left me with little to no lasting impression. Lucy and her mother are unsympathetic, and their constant self-pitying and self-loathing become quite tedious and tiresome.