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  • Published: 26 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241248799
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.00

Anything is Possible




A stunning novel by the No. 1 New York Times bestselling, Times Top 10 bestseller and Man Booker long-listed author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton

Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

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.

  • Published: 26 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241248799
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.00

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Praise for Anything is Possible

[F]ull of searing insight into the darkest corners of the human spirit... 'Anything Is Possible' is both sweeping in scope and incredibly introspective. That delicate balance is what makes its content so sharp and compulsively readable... With assuredness, compassion and utmost grace, her words and characters remind us that in life anything is actually possible

San Francisco Chronicle

A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships

Observer on 'My Name is Lucy Barton'

I am deeply impressed. Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue.

Hilary Mantel on 'My Name is Lucy Barton'

Tender, elegiac, this is the story of a single life that also manages to tell the story of many

Independent on 'My Name is Lucy Barton'

Anything Is Possible confirms Strout as one of our most grace-filled, and graceful, writers

Boston Globe

Anything is Possible is absolutely wonderful. Here is a writer at the peak of her powers: compassionate, profoundly observant, laser-cut diamond brilliant

Literary Review

Anything is Possible is wonderfully readable because Strout really can write you into a world until you feel you are there with her, in that house, that life, that little Podunk of a place

The Times

A beautifully told story of small-town Americans dealing with big life issues

Good Housekeeping

A quietly gripping deception of some of the ordinary, messy, interwoven lives that Lucy and her mother discussed in the earlier book

Radio Times

A subtle, disturbing and touching book that is a miracle of wisdom and perception

Mail on Sunday

Amgash, Illinois, will be familiar to Elizabeth Strout fans as the hometown of the protagonist of her 2016 novel, My Name is Lucy Barton. In Anything is Possible... Lucy's legend looms large... but no prior reading is required to enjoy Strout's powerful writing and empathy

Real Simple

Anything is Possible is predictably great because it's written by Elizabeth Strout, and brilliantly unpredictable - because it is written by Elizabeth Strout

Roddy Doyle

As always, Strout treats even the most difficult characters with rare understanding. "It made me feel much less alone," says on reader of Lucy's memoir. The same will surely be said of Anything Is Possible

People (Book of the Week)

Down to every sentence, it's wise, touching and quietly powerful

Grazia

Elizabeth Strout is a novelist in whose hands anything really is possible, and if you've yet to discover her, make this holiday the one you do

Daily Mail

Elizabeth Strout's prose is like words doing jazz

Rachel Joyce

Every chapter has depth, nuances, restrained descriptions and luminous characterisation. A wonder of a book

i Newspaper

Gorgeous... Strout is in that special company of writers like Richard Ford, Stewart O'Nan and Richard Russo, who write simply about ordinary lives and, in so doing, make us readers see the beauty of both their worn and rough surfaces and what lies beneath

Maureen Corrigan, NPR / Fresh Air

Highly enjoyable

Sunday Times

If you miss the charmingly eccentric and completely relatable characters from Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout's best-selling My Name is Lucy Barton, you'll be happily reunited with them in Strout's smart and soulful Anything is Possible

Elle US

In all her novels, including this one, "the kindness of strangers is a fierce sun than can pierce the cloud"

The Week

In her latest work, Strout achieves new levels of masterful storytelling.

Publisher's Weekly

It's hard to believe that a year after the astonishing My Name Is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout could bring us another book that is by every measure its equal, but what Strout proves to us again and again is that where she's concerned, anything is possible. This book, this writer, are magnificent.

Ann Patchett, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of 'Commonwealth'

Just as understated and as full of horrifyingly elisions and surprising epiphanies as its predecessor

TLS Books of the Year

Strout once again shows her talent for adroitly uncovering what makes ordinary people tick

Booklist

Strout pierces the inner worlds of these characters' most private behaviors, illuminating the emotional conflicts and pure joy of being human, of finding oneself in the search for the American dream

Nylon

Strout turns her clear, incisive gaze on the intricacies and betrayals of small town life

Maggie O'Farrell

Strout, always good, just keeps getting better

Vogue US

Strout's compassion for her fellow creatures, as these anguished, lean stories prove, is as keen as a whip and all the more painful for it

Guardian

The epic scope within seemingly modest confines recalls Strout's Pulitzer Prize winner, Olive Kitteridge, and her ability to discern vulnerabilities buried beneath bad behavior is as acute as ever. Another powerful examination of painfully human ambiguities and ambivalences-this gifted writer just keeps getting better.

Kirkus Reviews

The words appear on the page as if breathed there

Sunday Telegraph

The work of Elizabeth Strout suggests that she pays a similar quality of unseparate attention to life, which she - not passively, but actively - takes in, listening to, looking into it, reflecting up on and freeing it once more, remade, in beautifully placed words, onto the page to live again for us, her fortunate readers

Daily Telegraph

The writing is wrenchingly lovely. It almost always is with Strout, whether she's knitting metaphors or summarizing, with agonizing economy, whole episodes.

New York Times

There are not many novelists out there producing writing as good as this

Daily Mail

There is immense humanity in Strout's writing....her masterful economy of prose creates a rich tapestry infused with emotional wisdom...Anything is Possible is a masterpiece

Sunday Express

This audacious novel is about small-town characters struggling to make sense of past family traumas

New York Times Books of the Year

This glimmering, profound, beautiful novel is modern American writing at its best'

Clare Allfree

This is a shimmering masterpiece of a book...Strout is a brilliant chronicler of the ambiguity and delicacy of the human condition. Anything is Possible is a wise, stunning novel

Observer

Utterly beautiful in the way that these characters were flawed to their core yet brimful of keeping it together no matter what...I loved it, there wasn't a moment when I didn't believe it.

Barb Jungr, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review

We devoured Strout's last novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton, and her latest-which is loosely linked to Lucy Barton-is no different. Told from multiple points of view, it's about residents of a small town in Illinois struggling with the most relatable and quotidian problems... you'll swear you know these characters. (In fact, it reminds us a bit of another of Strout's masterpieces, the excellent Olive Kitteridge.)

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