Anything Is Possible: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-04-25
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Elizabeth Strout
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢ An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by #1 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 motherâs happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the authorâs 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 Stroutâs place as one of Americaâs most respected and cherished authors.
Praise for Anything Is Possible
âWhen Elizabeth Strout is on her game, is there anybody better? . . . This is a generous, wry book aboutÂ everydayÂ lives, and Strout crawls so far inside her characters you feel you inhabit them. . . . This is a book that earns its title. Try reading it without tears, or wonder.ââUSA Today (four stars)
âReaders who lovedÂ My Name Is Lucy Barton . . . are in for a real treat. . . . Strout is a master of the story cycle form. . . . Â She paints cumulative portraits of the heartache and soul of small-town America by giving each of her characters a turn under her sympathetic spotlight.ââNPR
âThese stories return Strout to the core of what she does more magnanimously than anyone else, which is to render quiet portraits of the indignities and disappointments of normal life, and the moments of grace and kindness we are gifted in response. . . . Strout hits the target yet again.ââThe Washington Post
âIn this wise and accomplished book, pain and healing exist in perpetual dependence, like feuding siblings.ââThe Wall Street Journal
âAnything Is Possible confirms Strout as one of our most grace-filled, and graceful, writers.ââThe Boston Globe
âIn Elizabeth StroutâsÂ Anything Is Possible, her stunning follow-up toÂ My Name Is Lucy Barton, a famous author returns to the Midwestern hometown of her childhood, touching off a daisy-chain of stories narrated by those who knew herâmemories of trauma and goodwill, resentments small and large, and the ever-widening gulf between haves and have-nots. Strout, always good, just keeps getting better.ââVogue
âIf you miss the charmingly eccentric and completely relatable characters from Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Stroutâs best-selling My Name Is Lucy Barton, youâll be happily reunited with them in Stroutâs smart and soulful Anything Is Possible.ââElle
âStrout pierces the inner worlds of these charactersâ most private behaviors, illuminating the emotional conflicts and pure joy of being human, of finding oneself in the search for the American dream.ââNYLON