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Anything Is Possible
by Elizabeth Strout


Overview - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

Winner of The Story Prize - A Washington Post and New York Times Notable Book - One of USA Today 's top 10 books of the year

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.  Read more...


 
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Overview
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

Winner of The Story Prize - A Washington Post and New York Times Notable Book - One of USA Today's top 10 books of the year

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

Praise for Anything Is Possible

"When Elizabeth Strout is on her game, is there anybody better? . . . This is a generous, wry book about everyday lives, and Strout crawls so far inside her characters you feel you inhabit them. . . . This is a book that earns its title. Try reading it without tears, or wonder."--USA Today (four stars)

"Readers who loved My Name Is Lucy Barton . . . are in for a real treat. . . . Strout is a master of the story cycle form. . . . She paints cumulative portraits of the heartache and soul of small-town America by giving each of her characters a turn under her sympathetic spotlight."--NPR

"These stories return Strout to the core of what she does more magnanimously than anyone else."--The Washington Post

"In this wise and accomplished book, pain and healing exist in perpetual dependence, like feuding siblings."--The Wall Street Journal

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780812989410
  • ISBN-10: 0812989414
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: March 2018
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.01 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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With Anything Is Possible, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout delivers a luminous group of stories set in the same world as her 2016 bestseller, My Name Is Lucy Barton. Rich in its exploration of family and community ties, this collection of intertwined narratives focuses on the residents of Amgash, Illinois, where Lucy once lived. The varied cast of characters includes the Mumford sisters (one of whom tracks down her restless mother in Italy), a tortured Vietnam vet and a school janitor whose beliefs are thrown into question when he tries to assist a lonely man. Lucy also makes an appearance, revisiting the town she left behind 17 years ago to pay a painful visit to her siblings. Strout’s characters grapple with the weight of the past even as they consider the promise of the future. Poignant and probing, this is a novel that’s sure to inspire rewarding discussion.

 

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