Anything Is Possible (Hardcover)

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I find something magical about stories that dance around characters. In Strout’s newest work, each story, or if you read it like a novel, each chapter, is from a different perspective of one of the current or former inhabitants of Amgash, Illinois. Slowly we figure out everyone is tangentially connected to Lucy Barton, a previous Strout protagonist. The tales veer from dark to light, from brutal to quirky, and from haves to have-nots, though even some of the haves were once eating garbage out of dumpsters. When the struggling Patty Nicely and her well-off sister Linda talk on the phone, it’s clear that neither really understands the others deepest thoughts, and that’s one of the joys of this story, allowing us to view all the characters from the outside and the inside. And as you read, you get a little excited when you realize that a side character like Dottie Blaine that you found interesting is finally getting her spotlight. So do you have to have read My Name is Lucy Barton to read Anything Is Possible? Absolutely not. But if you haven’t, my guess is that you’ll feel compelled to read it soon afterwards.

— Daniel Goldin


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.
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.
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 Elizabeth Strout's My Name Is Lucy Barton
"There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to . . . simple joy."--The New York Times Book Review
"Spectacular . . . My Name Is Lucy Barton is 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."--The Washington Post
"My Name Is Lucy Barton is 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
"A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words."--The Boston Globe
"Sensitive, deceptively simple . . . 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. . . . My Name Is Lucy Barton--like all of Strout's fiction--is more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it."--San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge; the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton; The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; 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 in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812989403
ISBN-10: 0812989406
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English