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Anything Is Possible
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Anything Is Possible


From #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout comes a brilliant latticework of fiction that recalls Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity. Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout s work.

“As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout says, “it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories—of course!—and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me.”

Here, among others, are the “Pretty Nicely Girls,” now adults: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton’s sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy’s aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.

With the stylistic brilliance and subtle power that distinguish the work of this great writer, Elizabeth Strout has created another transcendent work of fiction, with characters who will live in readers’ imaginations long after the final page is turned.

Title:Anything Is Possible
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:254 pages
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    Anything Is Possible Reviews

  • Elyse
    Feb 03, 2017

    WONDERFUL!!! LOVED IT!!!! MELTING!!! WISH IT DIDN'T HAVE TO END!!!Elizabeth Strout begins with Tommy Guptill who once owned a dairy farm in Amgash, Illinois. The house had burned down. His family had ...

  • Paromjit
    Mar 30, 2017

    This is a wondrous book, it is my first read by Elizabeth Strout and I was just so impressed. It is a beautifully written collection of 9 short stories set in Amgash, Illinois. We encounter Lucy Barto...

  • Diane S ?
    Feb 04, 2017

    Linked stories from Lucy Barton's home town and the people that made up the town. First story features Charlie, former maintenance man at the school the Barton children attended, an elderly man who re...

  • Angela M
    Feb 12, 2017

    Elizabeth Strout is one of our best contemporary authors, so I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of this book. I was especially excited to read it because this book is a continuation of My Name Is ...

  • Larry H
    May 24, 2017

    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.I don't know about you, but people watching utterly fascinates me. It's really amusing to watch the dynamics of families and groups of friends, but what's even more fu...

  • Cheri
    Mar 08, 2017

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!Once again, Elizabeth Strout has exquisitely examined and shared the life of a small group of people in a small town in this lovely compilation of intermingled stories that form th...

  • Pouting Always
    Apr 13, 2017

    I haven't read My Name is Lucy Barton but after finishing this I totally want to, also maybe if I would have read it before hand I'd have given this five stars. I really enjoyed the writing style, I a...

  • Perry
    Feb 24, 2017

    Artistry refreshingly revealing how anything is possible when one human makes an honest, authentic connection with another."Lucy, Lucy, Lucy B, where did you go to, how did you flee?"{significantly re...

  • Jen
    May 23, 2017

    Strout has quickly become for me a go-to-author. She creates memorable and complex characters for the simplest of stories.Everything is Possible is an attestation to this. She links the character from...

  • Brenda
    May 18, 2017

    4.5 StarsAnything is Possible is the sequel to My Name is Lucy Barton and is read as short stories. In these unforgettable wise, simple and gracefully told short stories we learn more of the siblings ...