Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Elizabeth Strout’s bestselling novel “My Name Is Lucy Barton” looks, at first glance, like a curious choice for a theatrical adaptation. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all — the one between mother and daughter. My Name is Lucy Barton is a 2016 New York Times bestselling novel and the fifth novel by the American writer Elizabeth Strout. 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. The title character of “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Rona Munro’s crystalline stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel, is hardly a woman of mystery. Lucy has a troubled childhood. Her family is impoverished and lives in an isolated area, making it almost impossible for Lucy and her older siblings to make friends. Stories have a way of opening up on a stage. My Name is Lucy Barton is presented episodically, as a series of events and memories from Lucy’s past. Lucy suffers from extreme loneliness growing up, a feeling that extends into her adult life.