Presenting an original audiobook performance of the stage production of My Name is Lucy Barton, starring Academy Award and Tony nominee Laura Linney.
Praised as "deeply affecting" and "heartbreaking" by The Guardian (UK), this is a faithful adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout's bestselling novel of the same name.
Unsteady after an operation, Lucy Barton wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn't seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.
Published as the play comes to Broadway after a highly-acclaimed UK run in 2018, this is a unique opportunity to hear Laura Linney's "simply superb" (The Times UK) performance of this haunting, dramatic monologue.
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON was originally produced by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr for the London Theater Company at the Bridge Theatre in June 2018. Produced on Broadway by the Manhattan Theater Club, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove, Executive Producer and The London Theater Company, in association with Penguin Random House Audio.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We love Elizabeth Strout’s writing for drawing us into the fascinating inner lives of fictional characters that feel 100 percent real. Apparently, so does actress Laura Linney, who starred in a one-woman stage adaptation of Strout’s haunting bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton on Broadway. If you weren’t able to make it to New York, no worries—this audiobook brings Linney’s performance to you. When Strout’s writer heroine moved from rural Illinois to New York City, she left behind a childhood marked by poverty, neglect, and emotional abuse. Stuck in the hospital after a routine surgery, Lucy gets an unexpected—and not entirely welcome—visit from her long-estranged mother. Linney’s quiet intensity beautifully captures Lucy’s empathy and understated strength as she reflects on her legacy of loneliness and trauma. Like another one of Strout’s unforgettable characters, Olive Kitteridge, Lucy’s challenges and imperfections make her goodness shine even brighter.