Anything Is Possible

Anything Is Possible

Large Print - 2017
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In My Name Is Lucy Barton, the main character eventually escapes her life of fear and poverty by leaving town. This title follows some of the people who continue to live in the town Lucy fled, which has more than its share of poverty, domestic unhappiness, violence, and abuse. Those who were left behind continue on in their daily struggles, some faring better than others. Each chapter provides a brief look at one or two of those individuals, building a web of relationships and connections among the community and, tangentially, Lucy. The school janitor, the high school guidance counselor, Lucy's brother and sister, and others provide insights into the different interpretations of events, showing the range of human response that is possible in the face of challenges
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781683243939
1683243935
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 23 cm
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In fiction, as in life, some leave the towns where they were born to start new lives, and some remain. Strout’s novel is about characters who remain and continue the harmful patterns of their lives.

In fiction, as in life, some leave the towns where they were born to start new lives, and some remain. Strout’s novel is about characters who remain and continue the harmful patterns of their lives.


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jeanie123
Sep 13, 2017

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 and succinct. I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge immensely and I really liked My Name is Lucy Barton as well. I would suggest to any reader that they read this book over a short time period and in as few sessions as possible. It's a great book worth reading but I found it challenging.

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redtayres
Aug 11, 2017

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 such a reference sheet is not required.

I much prefer the longer story format over that of the short story thus I found this book a bit less satisfying than the Strout novels I've past consumed. The author's voice though, is crystal clear and spot-on and that is what makes this short story collection better than the average, and one I found myself returning to often enough to get through the entirety of it.

A very good read if you like short stories. Moderately less enjoyable if you prefer the longer works by this always high quality author.

AL_ANNAL Jul 14, 2017

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 be decent and kind and find love help the reader to see beyond the suffering to the possibility of happiness.

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brangwinn
Jul 04, 2017

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 book lead depressing live.

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celiasinclair
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. “Windmills”
Patty Nicely m. Sebastian
Sister Linda Peterson-Cornell
High school guidance counselor to
Lila Lane, Lucy’s niece
Crush on Charlie Macauley
Friends with Angelina Mumford
Buys Lucy’s novel
Witnessed Mother Kathy with
Mr. Delaney

3. “Cracked”
Linda Peterson-Cornell m. Jay
Yvonne
Karen-Lucie
Tomasina/Tom
Father had affair with fat Aileen

4. “The Hit-Thumb Theory”
Charlie Macauley m. Marilyn
Affair with Tracy
One night at Dottie’s B&B

5. “Mississippi Mary”
Mary Mumford 2nd m. Paolo
Daughter Angelina m. Jack

6. “Sister”
Pete Barton
Sister Lucy Barton (saw Abel Blaine at signing)
Pete goes to soup kitchen with Guptills
Sister Vicky (Lila’s mom)

7. “Dottie’s B & B”
Dottie Blaine
Brother Abel
Customers Dr. Richard and Shelly Small
Annie Appleby
Charlie Macauley

8. “Snow Blind”
Elgin Appleby m. Sylvia
Children Annie, Jamie, Cindy
Grandmother
Charlene Daigle and dad
Mr. Potter

9. “Gift”
Abel Blaine m. Elaine
Sister Dottie
Daughter Zoe
Granddaughter Sophia/Snowball
Scrooge/Linck McKenzie

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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 Lucy leaves. Lucy's presence is felt through out the tale. These simple, but heart breakingly beautiful stories are testament to the author's skill in using simple prose and elegant language to convey the small and larger triumphs and tragedies of ordinary folk. Elizabeth Strout is a master of the genre.

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laphampeak
Jun 15, 2017

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. The further I read the more I could see into the whole perspective.

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uncommonreader
Jun 12, 2017

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.

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exie3
May 28, 2017

Superb - enough said - and even better if you read Lucy Barton first-

multcolib_susannel May 06, 2017

Explores the way that poverty, war and fear affects a group of people in a small midwestern town.
Companion book to My Name is Lucy Barton.

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