My Name is Lucy Barton is a story about the harrowing legacy of poverty and abuse. Lucy has a troubled childhood. Lucy Barton later became the main character in Strout's 2017 novel, Anything is Possible. Five years later, she published The Burgess Boys (2013), which became a national bestseller. Her family is impoverished and lives in an isolated area, making it almost impossible for Lucy and her older siblings to make friends. My Name is Lucy Barton is a 2016 New York Times bestselling novel and the fifth novel by the American writer Elizabeth Strout. My Name is Lucy Barton is presented episodically, as a series of events and memories from Lucy’s past. My Name Is Lucy Barton (2016) was met with international acclaim and topped the New York Times bestseller list. “Compelling… The title character of My Name Is Lucy Barton, Rona Munro’s crystalline stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel… may be the most translucent figure now on a New York stage.”– The New York Times “Munro's play stands quite well on its own, distilling the crucial elements of Strout's work into a steadily moving, compelling narrative of its own.” They haven’t seen each other in years. Given My Name Is Lucy Barton's distinguished literary cache and the casting of Linney to narrate Lucy's story the staged monologue Rona Munro has fashioned from its source had me arrive at the Friedman with high hopes that it would display sturdy enough theatrical legs to add it to my memory book of genuinely stage-worthy solo plays. She hasn't seen her in years, and her visit brings Lucy back to 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. Laura Linney returned to Broadway in a haunting new solo play adapted by Rona Munro from the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout. Lucy suffers from extreme loneliness growing up, a feeling that extends into her adult life. A writer reeling from a traumatic childhood, she emerged in Elizabeth Strout’s Booker Prize-nominated 2016 novel My Name Is Lucy Barton… Linney plays Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. Lucy Barton is a woman of many lives. My Name Is Lucy Barton follows the title character, who, unsteady after an operation, awakens to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. It was first published in the United States on January 12, 2016 through Random House.The book details the complicated relationship between the titular Lucy Barton and her mother.