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254 pages, Hardcover
First published April 27, 2017
“People could surprise you. Not just their kindness, but also their sudden ability to express things the right way."
“Everyone, she understood, was mainly and mostly interested in themselves.”
“To listen to a person is not passive. To really listen is active.”
'Anthing was possible for anyone', concludes Abel Blaine, on behalf of the Amgash people.
Oh. Boy. Elizabeth Strout does it again in this sequel to MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. She takes a group of unexceptional folk and interweaves an exceptional group of short stories as we revisit the small impoverished town of Amgash, Illinois. We even get to have a sit-down with Lucy herself.....albeit a somewhat difficult one.
Bad times and sad times are in abundance here though with dysfunctional families and their dark personal secrets, but a couple characters actually brought a smile to my face, and one in particular (Dottie) made me laugh out loud! Wait till you see what she does.....
And even though troubled times abound throughout these stories of "imperfect love"...loss...and..."unspeakable pain"...there is (thankfully) peace and understanding for some in these connected tales of woe.....And. Oh. How. It. All. Ends.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
"Her job as a writer of fiction was to report on the human condition, she said, " to tell us who we are and what we think and what we do."