finished reading

This is a companion book to My Name Is Lucy Barton; the author says that as she wrote Lucy Barton, she knew the characters that are mentioned had compelling stories that had to be told.

It's a series of linked short stories. And I loved it. Each of these stories is full of aching humanity. Each is full of real people. Strout is a master storyteller.

From the publisher:
Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout s work.

“As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout says, “it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories—of course!—and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me.”

Here, among others, are the “Pretty Nicely Girls,” now adults: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton’s sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy’s aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.


Cat. said...

If you can get ahold of a copy of this month's Bookmarks Magazine, there's a long write-up about Ms. Stroud inside. I haven't read it--I'm behind, as usual--but they usually do a nice job. :D

Vicki said...

I loved My Nam Is Lucy Barton and I loved Anything Is Possible. Elizabeth Strout and Fredrik Backman are my new favorite authors.