12.03.2017

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout {Book Review}

The style of Anything is Possible is consistent with Strout's signature sparse prose and the characters seem painfully real. There are many stories that are dark, touching on taboo topics: incest, infidelity, molestation. Families are tested and raw emotions are often on display.  #books #reading
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The Book

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Publication Date

April 25, 2017

Rating

 

Review

Elizabeth Strout has an amazing ability to make even a simple conversation about something mundane seem incredibly poignant and meaningful. Anything is Possible is a collection of short stories, set mostly in small town, rural America that does just that.

If you've read the much-discussed My Name is Lucy Barton (see my review here), then you will recognize some of the names mentioned in Anything is Possible. Strout didn't feel done with the story of the people who populated Lucy's childhood, so wrote this stories about them. (I love a spin off.)

The style of Anything is Possible is consistent with Strout's signature sparse prose and the characters seem painfully real. There are many stories that are dark, touching on taboo topics: incest, infidelity, molestation. Families are tested and raw emotions are often on display.

Lucy Barton herself appears in one of the stories, but there is definitely no need to read My Name is Lucy Barton in order to fully appreciate Anything is Possible. However, reading these details about the lives of people from Lucy Barton adds a layer to the story - we never really know whether people are who they present to the world.

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