At times these days I think of the way the sun would set on the farmland around our small house in the autumn. A view of the horizon, the whole entire circle of it, if you turned, the sun setting behind you, the sky in front becoming pink and soft, then slightly blue again, as though it could not stop going on in its beauty, then the land closest to the setting sun would get dark, almost black against the orange line of horizon, but if you turn around, the land is still available to the eye with such softness, the few trees, the quiet fields of cover crops already turned, and the sky lingering, lingering, then finally dark. As though the soul can be quiet for those moments.
All life amazes me.
~ Elizabeth Strout, My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel
Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Olive Kitteridge. Her new book, My Name Is Lucy Barton, was selected as An Amazon Best Book of January 2016. The excerpt above is not representative of the storyline but Strout is a master at story telling. “My Name is Lucy Barton” is highly recommended.
Check out the book reviews:
- NY Times Book Review: Elizabeth Strout’s ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’
- The Washington Post Book Review: Elizabeth Strout’s ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’ review
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