Amy and Isabelle

Amy and Isabelle

by Elizabeth Strout
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Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

National Bestseller

In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout evokes a teenager's alienation from her distant mother—and a parent's rage at the discovery of her daughter's sexual secrets. In most ways, Isabelle and Amy are like any mother and her 16-year-old daughter, a fierce mix of love and loathing exchanged in their every glance. And eating, sleeping, and working side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls doesn't help matters. But when Amy is discovered behind the steamed-up windows of a car with her math teacher, the vast and icy distance between mother and daughter becomes unbridgeable.

As news of the scandal reaches every ear, it is Isabelle who suffers from the harsh judgment of Shirley Falls, intensifying her shame about her own secret past. And as Amy seeks comfort elsewhere, she discovers the fragility of human happiness through other dramas, from the horror of a missing child to the trials of Fat Bev, the community peacemaker. Witty and often profound, Amy and Isabelle confirms Elizabeth Strout as a powerful new talent.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375501340
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/1998
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.

Hometown:

Brooklyn, New York

Date of Birth:

January 6, 1956

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.A., Bates College, 1977; J.D., Syracuse College of Law, 1982

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Amy and Isabelle 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Baochi More than 1 year ago
I read the Pulitzer Prize winning "Olive Kitteridge" and was quite impressed. After reading "Amy and Isabelle," I now rate Elizabeth Strout as one of my favorite writers. She writes with such seemingly simply details, and yet the words are evocative.
OregonreaderGS More than 1 year ago
I love Strout's descriptions -- she is a master at creating mood, and seeing the world through her characters' emotional filters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as strong as Olive Kittredge, but with segments of well -crafted writing that are delightful. Strout paints a vivid picture of small town New England and delights us with her characters.
MommyOfMunch More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a single mother and her daughter. Sure, it seems simple enough, and actually the book was quite simple. It covers a single year, but an important one. The sexual awakening of the younger Goodrow, the quest for self-improvement of the elder. There is hardly any dialogue in this book, but a lot of thought processes between the two main characters. It was very honest, and I loved reading Isabelle's thoughts as she tried to read Shakespeare following an embarrassing encounter with her daughter. Amy didn't capture my interest nearly as well as her mother. I thought that the author did a fantastic job with her character, especially with Isabelle's quest for acceptance. I recommend this one.
TreadmasterReader More than 1 year ago
I found the characters in the story so very real and rich. This is not a story that takes you roaring to a dramatic turn but I felt a part of these characters, felt a part of the complicated small town landscape that the author creates for us. A very good read!
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MollyD3694 More than 1 year ago
This is my third Elizabeth Strout novel and I believe it's my favorite. An effortless read with a captivating story. I love the way this author writes.
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A thoughtful and engaging account of how one generation is affected by the previous one - and how certain vulnerabilities are evoked when probkesm remain unsolved. There is a chain effect, for sure, but then, there are cross roads too. There are places where new decisions can be made and new pathways formed. Amy and Isabelle, mother and daughter, make important choices that change the trajectory of their lives forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eliizabeth Strout always writes with extremely perceptive and deep details into each character's thoughts and motivations. I love reading her books for that reason. I think Amy and Isabelle is the most intimate and knowing of all her books- about a mother and teenaged daughter living together in a New England town. I would especially recommend for women, who may see themselves a bit in either or both of these characters.
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