Elizabeth Strout’s stories triumph in the messy realities of human lives

Strout proves herself an adept chronicler of the everyday miseries that sometimes add up to a life not so badly lived

11th June, 2017
Elizabeth Strout: her descriptive powers are second to none Pic: Getty

FICTION: Anything Is Possible, By Elizabeth Strout, Viking, €17

The follow-up to last year’s My Name Is Lucy Barton sees Elizabeth Strout revisiting some of the characters that made that Man Booker longlisted novel so memorable, over nine interlinking short stories set in and around the blue collar bastion that is Amgash, Illinois, a town where “a complaining woman was like pushing dirt beneath the fingernails of God”.

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