Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

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Read Anything Is Possible Online Free - From #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout comes a brilliant latticework of fiction that recalls Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity. Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout s work.

“As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout says, “it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories—of course!—and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me.”

Here, among others, are the “Pretty Nicely Girls,” now adults: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton’s sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy’s aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.

With the stylistic brilliance and subtle power that distinguish the work of this great writer, Elizabeth Strout has created another transcendent work of fiction, with characters who will live in readers’ imaginations long after the final page is turned.

Title : Anything Is Possible
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ISBN : 0812989406
Edition Language : English
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Number of Pages : 272 pages


Elyse rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

WONDERFUL!!! LOVED IT!!!! MELTING!!! WISH IT DIDN'T HAVE TO END!!! Elizabeth Strout begins with Tommy Guptill who once owned a dairy farm in Amgash, Illinois. The house had burned down. His family had to move to a more run-down town. Their family went from having their home be a place that class t...

Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

May 03, 2017

This is a wondrous book, it is my first read by Elizabeth Strout and I was just so impressed. It is a beautifully written collection of 9 short stories set in Amgash, Illinois. We encounter Lucy Barton through the perspectives of others, where she comes across as a wonderful woman, she has surviv...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2017

Linked stories from Lucy Barton's home town and the people that made up the town. First story features Charlie, former maintenance man at the school the Barton children attended, an elderly man who remembers Lucy and tried to be kind to her, though many didn't. The Barton's too poor and in fact L...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2017

I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here. I don't know about you, but people watching utterly fascinates me. It's really amusing to watch the dynamics of families and groups of friends, but what's even more fun is making up stories about those we see, developing a narrative about their relationships, chal...

Angela M rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2017

Elizabeth Strout is one of our best contemporary authors, so I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of this book. I was especially excited to read it because this book is a continuation of My Name Is Lucy Barton, which was moving in so many ways. I was definitely not disappointed. This is a colle...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

April 25, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! Once again, Elizabeth Strout has exquisitely examined and shared the life of a small group of people in a small town in this lovely compilation of intermingled stories that form this novel. If you’ve already read My Name is Lucy Barton, you’ll be familiar with many of them, an...

Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★★☆

November 22, 2017

Once again, here is another book I read for a Goodreads challenge on audio. And it's another one I'm going to buy and add to my collection. BUT! I need to buy the first book (Lucy Barton) first. I had no idea this was the second book in that story line. I loved everything about this book as well...

Pouting rated it ★★★★☆

May 27, 2017

I haven't read My Name is Lucy Barton but after finishing this I totally want to, also maybe if I would have read it before hand I'd have given this five stars. I really enjoyed the writing style, I actually felt the difference between chapters when the point of view shifted to that of another ch...

Jen rated it ★★★★☆

May 23, 2017

Strout has quickly become for me a go-to-author. She creates memorable and complex characters for the simplest of stories. Everything is Possible is an attestation to this. She links the character from my Name is Lucy Barton and weaves her into vignettes of the townspeople she grew up with. Those...

Perry rated it ★★★★★

May 16, 2017

Artistry refreshingly revealing how anything is possible when one human makes an honest, authentic connection with another. "Lucy, Lucy, Lucy B, where did you go to, how did you flee?" {significantly revised/improved, May 14, 2017} Following the critical success of Olive Kitteridge and My Name Is Lu...

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