Anything Is Possible
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.
Winner of The Story Prize • A Washington Post and New York Times Notable Book • One of USA Today’s top 10 books of the year
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.
Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author’s celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.
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.
Praise for Anything Is Possible
“When Elizabeth Strout is on her game, is there anybody better? . . . This is a generous, wry book about everyday lives, and Strout crawls so far inside her characters you feel you inhabit them. . . . This is a book that earns its title. Try reading it without tears, or wonder.”—USA Today (four stars)
“Readers who loved My Name Is Lucy Barton . . . are in for a real treat. . . . Strout is a master of the story cycle form. . . . She paints cumulative portraits of the heartache and soul of small-town America by giving each of her characters a turn under her sympathetic spotlight.”—NPR
“These stories return Strout to the core of what she does more magnanimously than anyone else.”—The Washington Post
“In this wise and accomplished book, pain and healing exist in perpetual dependence, like feuding siblings.”—The Wall Street Journal
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
I loved this book. Growing up in small-town America, I strongly identified with Strout’s portrayal of the quiet repression’s, undercurrents, and struggles of people in “forgotten” places. The series of vignettes implies more than it says, and strikes an excellent balance of humour, hope, and frustrated yearning. By far the best book I read this last year.
What was this book even about?
I usually don’t leave low ratings on books I read, because I am picky about what I do read and when I can’t get into a book then I usually just stop reading it, but I kept reading this one thinking that the story line would eventually pick up but it never did, I admit that I have not read I am Lucy Barton, but was promised that this could be read as a stand alone book, so it could be because I didn’t read the first book that was linked to this one but I had a hard time getting into this whole story, there were just to many characters to try and keep everything straight, I didn’t really understand the point in most of the short story endings, they just all seemed to drop off and not really be finished, I never could figure out what the actual meaning of this book was about, to me it just told random stories about people who were linked together in one way or another and I really had to make myself finish the book, if you like the idea of reading a bunch of stories with a bunch of different characters then this is the book for you, however if you prefer a book to focus on one or two characters and have a real story plot then don’t even attempt to read this one.
Anything is Possible