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Elizabeth Strout interview

Elizabeth Strout interview

Elizabeth Strout talks about how she’s honoured to have made the longlist with My Name is Lucy Barton and discusses the mother-daughter relationship which is central to the novel.

This is part of our series of Man Booker Prize 2016 longlisted author interviews.  

What has it been like to be longlisted?

It has been a joy for me to be longlisted for the Man Booker.  I am very happy about it -- this is a Prize that is well honoured, and I feel honoured to have made it to the longlist.

What are you working on next?

I am so sorry, but I can't talk about my upcoming work - but I am working.

What are you reading at the moment?

I have just now finished The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen; it was absolutely fascinating, I loved it.

What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

Hard question because there are so many that have been wonderful books, but I think my favourite is The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes; the voice was so true and right.

Is the mother-daughter relationship the most important in a woman’s life?

I don't know that the mother-daughter relationship is the most important in a woman's life, but it is surely a very important relationship.  We see - most of us - the world for the first time through the eyes of our mother, and separating that out is a life time job. 

Elizabeth Strout