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Publisher's Summary

Ninety-five-year-old Lottie Barnes now lives in a care facility in her native Iowa. Restrained by the physical trappings of old age and cognitive decline, she struggles to comprehend her present surroundings. Nevertheless, her life story unfolds as she remembers key moments from her past with sharp clarity.

©2021 Eric Schumacher (P)2021 Eric Schumacher

Critic Reviews

"Every once in a while, you come across a book that says things you've always felt but haven't been able to put into words. Eric's stunning, meaningful work called My Last Name is such a book for me. After finishing it, I sat and wept at the realization that I am less alone in my secret sorrows, and more deeply understood than I had once thought. If you need a fresh reminder that you are seen, known, loved, and kept, don't let this book pass you by." (Scott Sauls, author of A Gentle Answer

"[A] vivid and genuinely moving story." (Bret Lott, National Council on the Arts appointee, New York Times best-selling author, Oprah's Book Club selection)

“This novella might be the most psychologically honest, narratively engaging, and spiritually beautiful thing I have read this year.” (Russell Moore, author of The Courage to Stand

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  • Michelle Bates
  • 01-03-2021

Lovely Story

This was a really lovely story with so many gems throughout to make it a story of one's life full of heartache, love and beautiful memories and most of all hope.

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  • busymom
  • 31-07-2021

Beautiful story!

I listened to this breathtakingly beautifully written story just after visiting my elderly grandmother. Just a lovely story giving us a glimpse into what the mind of a woman at the end of life. I only wish the story would have kept going and going. So sweet and inspiring.

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  • Anne Pasma
  • 04-03-2021

Absolutely beautiful story!

This story is heartbreaking yet beautiful in it's brevity but also in the way it is written, seamlessly going from forgotten memories to the sad present to the bright future.

Fadra did a beautiful job. Her voice was perfect for this role. I was struck by how she was able to show Lottie's forgetfulness and the ease with which she went from memory to memory.

Fives stars for sure!

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