Behind the Mic: On My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout and Rona Munro [Adapt.], Read by Laura Linney
Jo Reed and Robin Whitten Discuss the Dramatic Production from Broadway to Audiobook
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An extraordinary production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout’s novel of the same name. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss this dramatic adaptation of My Name is Lucy Barton, voiced by actor Laura Linney, who also stars in the Broadway play. Linney alternately transforms herself into tough yet fragile Lucy and Lucy’s croak-voiced mother. Rona Munro’s exquisite adaptation pares the story to its core. Lucy, waking from an operation during a long hospital stay, finds her estranged mother keeping watch. This surprise triggers a flood of memories, and listeners hear the desperation, fury, fear, and yearning of those years of poverty-stricken childhood.
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