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Jul 29, 2020Indoorcamping rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
You have to get into the rhythm of Elizabeth Strout’s writing to let yourself go enough to fall in love with her characters. Once you do, you are in a beautiful place where people are full of grit, sad, lonely, strong, mean to each other yet fall short while trying so hard to be the best they can. It’s more or less a continuation of Lucy Barton but like all the author’s work, you don’t have to read the first one to fully enjoy the continuation, although Lucy Barton is the best book I read all year and if you haven’t read it, do it now! Lucy is a character with every reason to be bitter but is not, and is so what I wish I could be that I think I’ll reread it next, just to have that calm, steady voice in my head again. This one is full of quirky characters and sad situations, the hallmark of this writer, and I’m here for it. Such a good way to get lost in someone else’s control and enjoy not being yourself for a while. And when you’re done, you can’t forget these characters who stick with you like fictional guardian angels. You are a better, more thoughtful person than before you picked up any of this author’s books because you see flaws and imperfections as quirks rather than reasons to avoid people. That’s the trick of Elizabeth Strout: people are broken and that’s what makes them beautiful.