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Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
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Aug 22, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 18 to 21, 2011

Have had this on my shelves for years - picked it up at the Strand - but never got around to it till now. A quiet novel, but not "small," beautifully written with extraordinary central characters.

But an ache stayed inside her. And a faint reverberating hum of something close to joy lived on the outer edges of her memory, some kind of longing that had been answered once and was simply not answered anymore. (41)

...a hearty they sat at their desks in the office room, the kind of laugh...that comes from two women who have known each other for many years, who take comfort and joy in the small, familiar expressions of one another, and who feel, once the laugh has run its course...a lingering warmth of human connection, the belief that one is not, after all, so very much alone. (125)

Amy turned to watch the rain again, wondering how people lived without this kind of love. (131)

...some confluence of different longings... (185)

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