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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Book Fare: My Name is Lucy Barton

Sunday, October 16, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Road
Farmington Hills

My Name is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Loretta Polish, Ph.D.,
Literary Perspective

Victoria Schreiber, M.A, L.M.S.W. - Psychoanalytic Perspective

Nominated for the Booker Prize, 2016, “My Name is Lucy Barton” portrays a mother and daughter circling around the tender intimacies of memories. As in “Olive Kitteridge,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the power of Elizabeth Strout’s writing in her new novel gradually accrues from her deceptively simple, subtle prose into powerful revelations about the transcendence of family.

“Strout is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times."
Washington Post, January, 2016

“Great moral acuity underlies the gentle spirit of this minutely sensitive book, which prefers complexity to condemnation. So you will find no unadulterated villains here, only deeply fallible human beings — each of them with a shot at some kind of redemption, and maybe even joy.” Boston Globe, January, 2016

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description: In psychoanalytic studies the value of literature in capturing and describing the nature of feelings, memories and mental states and their impact on current experience is often neglected.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the sequelae of trauma as related to the formation of a sense of self.
2. Discuss the complexities of mother-daughter relationships.
3. Discuss how Elizabeth Strout's literary style embellishes her themes.