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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, April 2017 - I've never read anything by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, not Olive Kitteridge, not My Name Is Lucy Barton, nothing. This is a mistake I plan to soon rectify after listening to Anything Is Possible. Strout delivers a distinct and down-to-earth vision of American life with a patchwork of exactingly crafted characters. Each is so normal and somewhat unassuming but also tortured and robust. She seems to know exactly how to pinpoint the pain that drives people, and each of the stories that make up this novel comes to a carefully balanced yet captivating crescendo. But what I love most about this book is Strout's measured sense of voice. Not only does it complement her understated characters, and not only is it the ideal vehicle for narrator Kimberly Farr, but it is perfectly suited to the quick turns of emotion and introspection that make these stories so brilliantly moving and memorable. —Michael, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by number one best-selling 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 mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.
Reverberating with the deep bonds of family and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.
©2017 Elizabeth Strout (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"In an impressive encore performance of Strout's prose, Kimberly Farr successfully mines the essence of each flawed character, giving hope and pain equal billing without succumbing to theatrics.... Farr's presence melts into the background, allowing the stories themselves to take center stage. This is an audiobook to get lost in." ( AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 06-08-17

Powerful & Disturbing

This new book from Strout continues delving into the life of Lucy Barton, a character from "My Name is Lucy Barton", and a host of characters loosely connected to her. The Lucy Barton book read more like a novel, with a linear story line. The format of this book resembles the interconnecting short story mode the author used in her book "Olive Kitteridge". Accordingly, each chapter is a different short story, a different piece of a broader picture. In the end, as the puzzle fits together, it becomes a novel.

Strout's writing keeps getting better with each book. Be aware that this listen keeps you on your toes remembering just how each character is connected to all the others. What's more, the author uses gossip in one story to offer closure to a previous character's predicament in earlier stories. This was artfully and beautifully done.

To me, the book was a powerful meditation on not just imperfect love, to quote the author, but something much darker and far more disturbing. These stories look at abuse and the using of or neglect of others in many different forms and in varying degrees. This book is certainly not for everyone and not what I was expecting. Harrowing, heartbreaking, thought provoking and unnerving.

These were excellent character studies and the writing was fantastic. A perfect example of Strout's ability to transport the reader deep into the lives of others. However, be prepared for a really tough listen.

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47 of 51 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie G. Hagen on 07-30-17

Linked short stories

If you could sum up Anything Is Possible in three words, what would they be?

Human, love, relationships

What did you like best about this story?

Each chapter could be listened to as a separate short story. Each one was tucked in at the end giving multiple sources of satisfaction.

What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voices capture different stages of life very well.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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