Thursday, June 22, 2017
Anything is Possible
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.