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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.
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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.
47 of 51 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful