Eerily familiar pandemic tale falls short of Strout’s usual brilliance
Pulitzer prize-winning novelist’s gift for observation is still intact even if the story of characters caught up in the Covid lockdown is one we perhaps know too well
A Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, over her decades in publishing, Elizabeth Strout has won fans across the world, who flock to her work for the distilled honesty and vigour of her writing. Strout's characters are fictional, but they leap from the page; often their narratives read like extracts from non-fiction essays. You read Strout for story, sure, but also – and most importantly – because she makes you think.
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