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Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
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Aug 30, 09

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Read in August, 2009

I picked up this book because i'm on the waitlist for Olive Kitteridge and was wondering why i'd never heard of this author before. i'm so glad i did, as i was quite impressed by her Strout's first novel. reading her evocative descriptions of New England weather, and how the seasons played into her tale, really reminded me of the drama of New England seasons that i grew up with. and while the the student-teacher plot would appear, on face, to be the more titillating of the many major and minor plots in the story, i think it was overshadowed by a great mother-daughter tale of two people who can't communicate, who hide inside themselves and thus hide from one another. i would say that i was a bit irked that the few men who do appear in the story are fleeting or cast as perpetrators or slightly one-dimensional, more or less, and for that i was a bit sorry because while i understand that women, many women, are the main feature of this book (and rightfully so) i didn't think it necessarily meant that the male characters needed to be so bad or marginal.
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message 1: by Donna (new)

Donna I liked this book a lot. Shows how much damage not talking to the people who matter to can do. Secrets can be very dangerous. It would be better if we could teach our children that they are strong enough to deal with the truth.
Just began to read Olive Kitteredge by the same author.


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