Book review – Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout

The book of choice

Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout

Why this book?

People Magazine published a list of books of 2017. This book was one of the books I could source in the large chain bookstore I visited – why do they only stock the dullest of literature? Click here for the link to the People Magazine list.

Click here for your copy of the book.

The Author

Elizabeth Strout is a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Her first novel ‘Amy and Isabelle’ was released in 1998. Shirley Falls, Maine is the setting for four of her six novels. She was born and raised in Portland, Maine. After a stint in law, she returned to writing and after 6 years of writing produced Amy and Isabelle. It was shortlisted for the 2000 Orange Prize. In 2008 her book, Olive Kitteridge was received with great success, grossing nearly $25 million and over 1 million copies sold. (one more today when I bought a copy) The book was adapted into a Emmy Award-wining miniseries.

You’re dealing with a serious author here. Dividing her time between New York and Maine she lives with her husband a former attorney.

Click here for more information about the author and her novels.

Why should you read it?

Anything is Possible follows the formula of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, in which the character of the title joins several stories together. Anything is Possible carries on the story of the characters developed in My Name is Lucy Barton.

Lucy Barton has become a successful New York writer who visits her siblings and her hometown after seventeen years. Amgash, Illinois is the setting for this story about love and loss. The characters are delightfully created with or without prior knowledge in the earlier novel. The story deals with the bonds of family or rather the pain of the past and the hope of reconciling and filling voids as the characters move forward.

In Summary

As I say, the marks of a good read are that you revisit the bookshop to order another of that authors books. I have bought a further three from Elizabeth Strout. If that is the benchmark I use, then she is truly amazing and you shouldn’t miss anything she writes. Anything is Possible is a book that touches your sole. The delightful story of people discovering who they are through the pain of their childhood is nothing short of profound. Read it!


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