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Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
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Oct 15, 07

bookshelves: novel
Recommended for: those interested in well-drawn mother/daughter relationship
Read in September, 2007

On the whole I really enjoyed this book - a story of a strained mother/daughter relationship with lots of secrets in the single mother's past. Life eventually forces the very controlled and tense mother to give up some of her stuff, due to events in the life of her teenage daughter. The author has a great sense of humor which manifests in the day to day lives of some of the less important characters. The novel is set in a backwater New England mill town.
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Marcia Johnston I'm with you on Strout's sense of humor, particularly tricky -- and valuable -- since the events in the story are often grueling. I admire her writing.


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