Anything Is Possible

Anything Is Possible

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2017
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout comes a brilliant latticework of fiction that recalls Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity. Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout's work."As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton," Strout says, "it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories--of course!--and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me." Here, among others, are the "Pretty Nicely Girls," now adults: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton's sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy's aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.With the stylistic brilliance and subtle power that distinguish the work of this great writer, Elizabeth Strout has created another transcendent work of fiction, with characters who will live in readers' imaginations long after the final page is turned.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Audio,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781524774905
Branch Call Number: SCD FICTION Strout
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Farr, Kimberly - Narrator


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May 30, 2017

Anything is Possible is a collection of short stories based on the secondary characters in My Name is Lucy Barton. Although most of the stories start in Amgash, Illinois, a few are set in other locales such as Chicago and Maine. Lucy Barton is usually the touchstone for each character relating a story about his or her life. As events are explored from multiple points of view, the reader quickly learns that life, even in a small town, is far from serene and idyllic. Human emotions and their consequences don't lurk very far beneath even the most placid exterior. I've always loved that Strout manages to convey complex situations and emotions in spare, precise prose. Prose that is as plain as Middle America often appears to those not from that part of the world.


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