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Elizabeth Strout - Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller, Abide With Me and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. She lives in New York City and Portland, Maine.

Featured books by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found. Look for Elizabeth Strout's highly anticipated new work of fiction, Anything Is Possible, which is available for pre-order now.

My Name is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2016

An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of her life: her impoverished childhood in Amgash, Illinois, her escape to New York and her desire to become a writer, her faltering marriage, her love for her two daughters.

Other books by Elizabeth Strout

Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2018

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2017 Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018 An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others. Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: eBook Release Date: 04/05/2017

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, read by Kimberly Farr. An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others. Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strouts place as one of Americas most respected and cherished authors.

Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2017 An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton. A Book of the Year according to: The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Guardian 'Strout turns her clear, incisive gaze on the intricacies and betrayals of small town life' Maggie O'Farrelll, Observer 'Anything is Possible is predictably great because it's written by Elizabeth Strout, and brilliantly unpredictable - because it is written by Elizabeth Strout' Roddy Doyle, Guardian Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

Anything Is Possible

Anything Is Possible

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.Winner of The Story Prize *; A Washington Post and New York Times Notable Book *;One of USA Today's top 10 books of the yearRecalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others. Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence. Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.Praise for Anything Is Possible';When Elizabeth Strout is on her game, is there anybody better? . . . This is a generous, wry book abouteverydaylives, and Strout crawls so far inside her characters you feel you inhabit them. . . . This is a book that earns its title. Try reading it without tears, or wonder.'USA Today (four stars) ';Readers who lovedMy Name Is Lucy Barton . . . are in for a real treat. . . . Strout is a master of the story cycle form. . . . She paints cumulative portraits of the heartache and soul of small-town America by giving each of her characters a turn under her sympathetic spotlight.'NPR ';These stories return Strout to the core of what she does more magnanimously than anyone else.'The Washington Post ';In this wise and accomplished book, pain and healing exist in perpetual dependence, like feuding siblings.'The Wall Street Journal

My Name is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found. Look for Elizabeth Strout's highly anticipated new work of fiction, Anything Is Possible, which is available for pre-order now.

My Name Is Lucy Barton

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER *; A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post *; The New York Times Book Review *; NPR *; BookPage *; LibraryReads *; Minneapolis Star Tribune *; St. Louis Post-Dispatch Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZEPraise for My Name Is Lucy Barton ';A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.'The Boston Globe';It is Lucy's gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mother's shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful.'San Francisco Chronicle';A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.'Newsday';Spectacular . . . Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.'Lily King,The Washington Post ';An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.'People ';This slim, perceptive novel packs more sentiment and pain into its unsparingly honest and forthright prose than novels two and three times as long. Strout . . . has always awed us with her ability to put into words the mysterious and unfathomable ways in which people cherish each other.'Chicago Tribune

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2015

„Placerea de a citi Olive Kitteridge vine dintr-o identificare intensa a cititorului cu situatii, cu personaje nu întotdeauna demne de admirat... Nu e nimic ieftin sau siropos în aceasta carte.“ (The New York Times Book Review)„AmuzantA , rA utA cioasA E i plinA de remuE cA ri, doamna Kitteridge este o forE A , un caracter autentic. Când nu e în scenA , îi aE teptA m cu nerA bdare întoarcerea. Paginile cA rE ii se întorc datoritA ei...“ (San Francisco Chronicle)„Un portret rA vA E itor E i profund al oamenilor din Maine, trA indu-E i vieE ile de suferinE A tA cutA împletitA cu izbucniri de apropiere umanA ... AceastA culegere se citeE te uE or E i e imposibil de uitat.“ (Publishers Weekly)„IntuitivA , profund empaticA E i totuE i plinA de defecte, Olive este axa în jurul cA reia graviteazA treisprezece povestiri complexe, profund umane, alcA tuind un veritabil roman.“ (O Magazine)

The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a legal aid attorney who idolises Jim, has always taken it in his stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has landed himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

Amy and Isabelle

Amy and Isabelle

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2013

With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past. In a fury, she lashes out at her daughter's beauty and then retreats into outraged silence. Amy withdraws, too, and mother and daughter eat, sleep, and even work side by side but remain at a vast, seemingly unbridgeable distance from each other. This conflict is surrounded by other large and small dramas in the town of Shirley Falls--a teenage pregnancy, a UFO sighting, a missing child, and the trials of Fat Bev, the community's enormous (and enormously funny and compassionate) peacemaker and amateur medical consultant. Keeping Isabelle and Amy as the main focus of her sharp, sympathetic eye, Elizabeth Strout attends to them all. As she does so, shereveals not only her deep affection for her characters, both serious and comic, but her profound wisdom about the human condition in general. She makes us care about these extraordinary ordinary people and makes us hope that theywill find a way out of their often self-imposed emotional exile.

Burgess Boys

Burgess Boys

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2013

Elizabeth Strout ';animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,' wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prizewinning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout's ';magnificent gift for humanizing characters.' Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature.Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susanthe Burgess sibling who stayed behindurgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout's newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.Praise for Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prizewinning Olive Kitteridge';Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout's unforgettable novel in stories.'O: The Oprah Magazine ';Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You'll never forget her. . . . [Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff.'USA Today';Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her.'San Francisco Chronicle';Deeply human . . . Though loneliness and loss haunt these pages, Strout also supplies gentle humor and a nourishing dose of hope.'Booklist (starred review) ';Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph.'Seattle Post-IntelligencerNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe Washington Post Book World *; USA Today *; San Francisco Chronicle *; Chicago Tribune *; Seattle Post-Intelligencer *; People *; Entertainment Weekly *; The Christian Science Monitor *; The Plain Dealer *; The Atlantic *; Rocky Mountain News *; Library Journal

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2011

The Pulitzer prize-winning novel from the author of the Booker longlisted My Name is Lucy Barton Olive Kitteridge: indomitable, compassionate and often unpredictable. A retired schoolteacher in a small coastal town in Maine, as she grows older she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life. She is a woman who sees into the hearts of those around her, their triumphs and tragedies. We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and a young man who aches for the mother he lost - and whom Olive comforts by her mere presence, while her own son feels overwhelmed by her complex sensitivities. A penetrating, vibrant exploration of the human soul, the story of Olive Kitteridge will make you laugh, nod in recognition, wince in pain, and shed a tear or two.

Amy & Isabelle

Amy & Isabelle

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2011

From the Man Booker Prize longlisted author of My Name is Lucy Barton Isabelle Goodrow has been living in self-imposed exile with her daughter Amy for 15 years. Shamed by her past and her affair with Amy's father she has submerged herself in the routine of her dead-end job and her unrequited love for her boss. But when Amy, frustrated by her quiet and unemotional mother, embarks on an illicit affair with her maths teacher, the disgrace intensifies the shame Isabelle feels about her own past. Throughout one long, sweltering summer as the events of the small town ebb and flow around them Amy and Isabelle exist in silent conflict until a final act leads ultimately to the understanding they both crave.

Abide With Me

Abide With Me

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2008

In her luminous and long-awaited new novel, bestselling author Elizabeth Strout welcomes readers back to northern New England in the late 1950s. Tyler Caskey has come to love West Annett. The short, brilliant summers and the sharp, piercing winters fill him with aweas does his congregation, full of good people who seek his guidance and listen earnestly as he preaches. But after suffering a terrible loss, Tyler finds it hard to return to himself as he once was and his congregation begins to question his leadership and propriety. In prose clear and saturated with feeling, Elizabeth Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is consideredlife, love, God, and community, and all is made new by this writer's boundless compassion and graceful prose.

Abide With Me

Abide With Me

Author: Elizabeth Strout Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

From the Man Booker Prize longlisted author of My Name is Lucy Barton Katherine is only five-years-old. Struck dumb with grief at her mother's death, it is down to her father, the heartbroken minister Tyler Caskey, to bring his daughter out of silence she has observed in the wake of the family's tragedy. But Tyler Caskey is barely surviving himself. His cold, church-assigned home is colder still since Lauren's death, and he struggles to find the right words for his sermons; struggles to be a leader to his congregation when he himself is lost. When Katherine's schoolteacher calls to discuss his daughter's anti-social behaviour, it sparks a chain of events that begins to tear down Tyler's defences. The small-town rumour-mill has much to make of Katherine's odd behaviour, and even more to say about Tyler's relationship with his housekeeper, Connie Hatch. And in Tyler's darkest hour, a startling discovery will test his congregation's humanity - and his own will to endure the kinds of trials that sooner or later test us all. From the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of Amy & Isabelle, this is a startlingly beautiful novel about love and abandonment, faith and hypocrisy; and the peril of family secrets...

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