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Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
2000
General Fiction
320 pages

Wow! I haven't read Olive Kitteridge yet, but if this book is any indication of what Strout is capable of, I know I am in for a literary treat. This story of mother and daughter is written so beautifully, and I found Strout's description of everyday occurrences to be spectacular. The discomfort in the mother/daughter relationship is palpable, and as the reader, you will experience this throughout the story. I think it is a true talent when a writer can provoke such strong emotion through words, ...more Wow! I haven't read Olive Kitteridge yet, but if this book is any indication of what Strout is capable of, I know I am in for a literary treat. This story of mother and daughter is written so beautifully, and I found Strout's description of everyday occurrences to be spectacular. The discomfort in the mother/daughter relationship is palpable, and as the reader, you will experience this throughout the story. I think it is a true talent when a writer can provoke such strong emotion through words, and discomfort is difficult to achieve (think, On Chesil Beach...another good example) - I felt "squirmy" each time Amy and Isabelle interacted. I love the coming-of-age story with Amy and how Isabelle reacts (and doesn't react) to her daughter's teen years. Completely enthralling, I give this book a solid five stars. Cannot wait to read Olive, which I also have sitting on my shelf!

**update** Olive Kitteridge was incredible as well, but something about this book really got to me!

 


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