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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…
Jun 13, 2020JustaThot rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
It's hard for me to remember a book that touched me as much as, and in as many ways as, this book did. Strout has an amazing capacity to portray humans as we are--both the good parts and the bad. Having grown up in a small town myself, I…
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Dec 18, 2019
Elizabeth Strout has the ability to make you love, or at least understand her multitude of deeply flawed characters living in a poor, rural town. Just when you think someone is beyond redemption, grace steps in. I absolutely love this…
Feb 05, 2019CarolynAnn4 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I wouldn't have even picked this book up if not for bookclub and I certainly was not a fan of these short stories. I read all but the last two and, while I found the Lucy Barton one interesting, I really found them too pointless for my…
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Jul 19, 2018wordsmith888 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed chapter 1 and felt it was going to be a great book but after that, the more I read, the more I lost interest and stopped reading before I finished chapter 3. I found the characters in chapter 3 rather dull, lifeless and…
Jun 28, 2018bktm2586 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Strout is one of the best authors writing in America today. And most of the other comments reflect her skill and impact. However, I noticed one commentator who was confused by the book and gave up on it. It is important to…
Apr 06, 2018DPLjennyp rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I loved how each of the chapters highlights a different character, but that we catch glimpses of them in other stories. Strout is a master of this kind of storytelling.
Mar 10, 2018empbee rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A cleverly constructed book with individual chapters that are connected by the same characters in various stages of their life in a small town. Warm without being sentimental.
Feb 27, 2018Blabbermouth rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I didn't manage to see the beauty in the people of Amgash, Illinois but I did see the disturbed of the place. It is the stories of the folk who live in a town where Lucy Barton was bought up & lived for her childhood years. Each…
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Feb 04, 2018jr3083 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The front cover of this book announces that it is “From the author of My Name is Lucy Barton“. That’s important, because the books are matching parts of the same scenario: the famous Lucy Barton has written a highly acclaimed book. In My…
Feb 03, 2018wyenotgo rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
What makes this set of connected stories at once both compelling and disturbing is that all of the characters are so damnably, depressingly real. Almost without exception, their lives are badly screwed up. And rather than looking ahead and…
Jan 16, 2018mighty_mom rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
A string of short stories threaded together by location and one character. It should be read quickly because it's so hard to keep the people and connections straight. The stories can be insightful about their character's secrets, but…
Jan 04, 2018llwboston rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is my favorite of the four Elizabeth Strout novels that I've read (incl. Olive Kittredge, My Name is Lucy Barton, The Burgess Boys). Beautiful portraits of men and women trying to reshape their own futures, which may seem…
Dec 13, 2017MaureenWilliamson rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
I found this book difficult to follow and to keep track of the characters. I gave up trying and didn't finish the book. Not even sure what the story line truly is.
Oct 23, 2017umass76 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic read. Elizabeth Street makes all characters come to life. Beautiful, concise story teller.
Oct 03, 2017ownedbydoxies rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Usually I'm not a fan of short stories, because I often find them quite abrupt; just when I get interested in them they end! But in the case of this collection I couldn't put the book down. The author weaves together the histories and…
Sep 13, 2017jeanie123 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Perhaps I was a little more distracted than usual while I was reading this book, but I found it quite difficult to hold on to the thread that runs through each story and connects the characters. The author's writing is beautiful, emotional…
Aug 11, 2017redtayres rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
One doesn't need a chart of connective tissue to link the characters in one story to that in the next though it sometimes felt like it'd be desirable to have had such a chart. Still, each story stands on its own, as it is meant to do, so…
Jul 14, 2017ArapahoeStaff26 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book consists of vignettes of residents of a small, poor town in middle America. Almost all are emotionally wounded, victims or perpetrators, living with the pain of trauma or remorse. The details of their lives as they struggle to…
Jul 04, 2017brangwinn rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Although not as good as My Name is Lucy Barton, this loosely connected story is a collection of short stories about people in the town where Lucy grew up. Don’t read this book if you need an uplifting story. All of the characters in the…
Jun 29, 2017
This identification of who's in what chapter might be helpful. 1. “The Sign” (Sewing and Alterations) Tommy Guptill m. Shirley Janitor at Lucy’s high school Visits Lucy’s brother and Ken’s son, Pete Barton 2.…
coroboreefarm
Jun 17, 2017
Elizabeth Strout once again scores with her latest book of delicately interwoven stories. A companion to Lucy Barton, this novel futher explores the relationships of the townspeople left behind in the small town of Amgash, Illinois after…
Jun 15, 2017laphampeak rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
More than meets the eye. A close up look at human relationships in their complexity amidst everyday situations past and present. At times it was challenging to keep up with the host of characters and their intermingling relationships. …
Jun 12, 2017uncommonreader rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This companion book to "My Name is Lucy Barton" contains nine linked stories about people from Lucy's home town and provides shifting perspectives. Strout captures small town life and the more universal human concerns. Very good.