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Books & Biscotti – Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout – Review by Elaine Newton

May 17, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Reviewed by Elaine Newton
An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes
with love and loss in this work of fiction by 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.
Elaine Newton is a professor emeritus in literature at York
University and former book critic for the Globe and Mail. We
had the pleasure of hearing Elaine review The Women in the
Castle last November.
Nonmembers welcome—$10 at the door
Borrow the book from the Temple office.