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Anything is Possible (Paperback)Elizabeth Strout (author)
An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in a novel from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton
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.
Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. 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.
‘There is, in every chapter, a wrenching, beautiful dissonance between private desires and public obligations… Strout is a brilliant chronicler of the human condition. Anything is Possible is a wise, stunning novel.’ - The Observer
Born in Portland, Maine, Elizabeth Strout has spent her early life in New England before moving to New York. Justly considered one of America’s finest living writers, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her third novel Olive Kitteridge which was subsequently made into an award-winning drama by HBO.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 196 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'This is a shimmering masterpiece of a book...Strout is a brilliant chronicler of the ambiguity and delicacy of the human condition. Anything is Possible is a wise, stunning novel' - Observer
'...wonderfully readable…Strout can write you into a world until you feel you are there with her' - The Times
'The words appear on the page as if breathed there' - Sunday Telegraph
'Anything is Possible is wonderfully readable because Strout really can write you into a world until you feel you are there with her, in that house, that life, that little Podunk of a place.' - The Times
'Strout's compassion for her fellow creatures, as these anguished, lean stories prove, is as keen as a whip and all the more painful for it.' - Guardian
'The work of Elizabeth Strout suggests that she pays a similar quality of unseparate attention to life, which she - not passively, but actively - takes in, listening to, looking into it, reflecting up on and freeing it once more, remade, in beautifully placed words, onto the page to live again for us, her fortunate readers.' - Daily Telegraph
'The writing is wrenchingly lovely. It almost always is with Strout, whether she's knitting metaphors or summarizing, with agonizing economy, whole episodes.' - New York Times
'There are not many novelists out there producing writing as good as this.' - Daily Mail
'Highly enjoyable.' - Sunday Times
'A subtle, disturbing and touching book that is a miracle of wisdom and perception.' - Mail on Sunday
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