Degrees of Separation

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout is another gripping novel by an excellent writer. If you have read her previous novel My Name is Lucy Barton, you will certainly appreciate this continuation of the characters in that book. This story takes place years later and reads like a connect the dots collection of neighbors and relatives from the first novel.

Here we encounter Lucy Barton, her siblings, and townsfolk, but this time, the intimate secrets of others are told as well. These are not happy ever after stories, but rather raw, painful ones which shed light on the human condition and are written in such a way that one story leads to another.

I loved this novel, it’s truth, and the compelling stories about the difficulties life hands us and our ability to survive despite them. I do suggest you read My Name is Lucy Barton first however, because it will enhance this novel all the more. Both of these novels I highly recommend.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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