Anything is Possible

By

Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is known for several books including My Name is Lucy Barton and Olive Kitteridge.  Her books are unique but not an easy read as she writes about dark subjects – poverty, abuse, divorce, mental illness and more.  Strout’s Pulitzer Prize wining book Anything is Possible continues with these themes.

Strout intertwines the stories by subtly introducing a character in one story and then making that character the center of another story.  Her characters are often from the Midwest even if they have since moved on to another city.  These stories are not for the faint of heart and I can’t read too much of Strout’s work.  However unfortunate, she writes about real life and is a compelling writer.