Thursday, June 22, 2017

Anything is Possible

Anything Is Possible / Elizabeth Strout, 254 pp.

Continues the story of Lucy and her childhood neighbors from My Name is Lucy Barton in a series of loosely connected stories that wind forward in time.  Similar in structure and tone to Olive Kitteridge, this work is somewhere between a novel and a short story collection. Set in the fictional small town of Amgash, Illinois, these are stories of people with small lives - the proprietor of a bed and breakfast who stews over her guests' disrespect, a successful businessman worried about his adult daughter - that nevertheless seem to fill the imagination completely.  Strout's work demonstrates again that the most ordinary people are fascinating, if one only knows how to tell their stories.  A gorgeous book.

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