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Mother-daughter novels can, by virtue of their subject matter, often seem claustrophobic, a little overwrought; Elizabeth Strout masterfully avoids this problem by placing Amy and Isabelle in the larger context of the community they inhabit. Though her main focus is on the Goodrow women, Strout often detours into the lives and thoughts of her many secondary characters: Isabelle's coworkers Dottie Brown and Fat Bev; Amy's best friend, Stacy Burrows; Stacy's ex-boyfriend, Paul Bellows; and women from Isabelle's church such as Peg Dunlap and Barbara Rawley. She also introduces a chilling frisson of menace with the unsolved abduction of a 12-year-old girl and a mysterious obscene phone-caller. Like the best of Alice Hoffman, Amy and Isabelle offers up a moving yet resolutely unsentimental portrait of people coming to terms with their lives, finding unsuspected nobility in themselves and unexpected kindness in others along the way. Elizabeth Strout has written a gem of a novel. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Not the type of book I normally read, but I really enjoyed it. I loved Olive Kitterege and thot I'd give this a shot. I was pleasantly surprised!Published 2 days ago by sandy
Oh I really enjoyed the story. I read and then watched Olive Kitteridge and LOVED it. Eizabeth Strout is a wonderful author. She draws a picture with her words. Give it a try.Published 19 days ago by MARY
I'm disappointed in this book. I just arrived at the sexual part and am not going to continue reading it. It's disgusting. This book goes into the trash tomorrow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy Fox
such a study of mother and child....mother emotionally closed up and as a consequence, the daughter is as well. The book club certainly had great discussions on this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lea Marshall
A deep story with deep characters. This book about a single mother raising a daughter in a small town full of busybodies is the kind of book that I wouldn't pick up on my own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mirrani
Too much withholding. You want to shake the characters and tell them to TALK to one another.Published 2 months ago by M F Pierce