Anything is Possible
A novel in stories by the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton Years ago, Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer, spent time in hospital, with her mother at the foot of her bed to keep her company. Avoiding the distance between them, they spoke at length about people from their home town, the rural, dusty town of Amgash, Illinois. Writing these stories, Lucy imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers. And the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn't it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way - even fleetingly - that we have been important to someone?
It's hard to believe that a year after the astonishing My Name Is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout could bring us another book that is by every measure its equal, but what Strout proves to us again and again is that where she's concerned, anything is possible. This book, this writer, are magnificent. -- Ann Patchett, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of 'Commonwealth' The epic scope within seemingly modest confines recalls Strout's Pulitzer Prize winner, Olive Kitteridge, and her ability to discern vulnerabilities buried beneath bad behavior is as acute as ever. Another powerful examination of painfully human ambiguities and ambivalences-this gifted writer just keeps getting better. Kirkus Reviews I am deeply impressed. Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue. -- Hilary Mantel on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' So good I got goosebumps... a masterly novel of family ties by one of America's finest writers -- Sunday Times on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships -- Observer on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' Tender, elegiac, this is the story of a single life that also manages to tell the story of many -- Independent on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' Strout's best novel yet -- Ann Patchett on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' Sympathetic, subtle and sometimes shocking -- Emma Healey on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' This is a glorious novel, deft, tender and true. Read it Sunday Telegraph on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' Elizabeth Strout's prose is like words doing jazz -- Rachel Joyce Plain and beautiful...Strout writes with an extraordinary tenderness and restraint -- Kate Summerscale on 'My Name is Lucy Barton' Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge is the best novel I've read for some time -- David Nicholls An exquisite novel... in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to - 'I was so happy. Oh, I was happy' - simple joy -- Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review
Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller, Abide With Me and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She lives in New York City and Portland, Maine.