Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Through her careful words and reverberating silences (The New York Times), Elizabeth Strout has long captured readers' hearts with her spare, exquisite insights on family, relationships, and loss. And never has her perfect attunement to the human condition (Hilary Mantel) been so evident as in these pages, as Strout's iconic heroine Lucy Barton, of My Name Is Lucy Barton, recounts her complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband--and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidant. Recalling their college years, through the birth of their daughters, the painful dissolution of their marriage, and the lives they built with other people, Strout weaves a portrait, stunning in its subtlety, of a decades-long partnership.
A masterful exploration of human empathy, Oh William! captures the joy and pain of watching children grow up and start families of their own; of discovering family secrets, late in life, that rearrange everything we think we know about those closest to us; and the way people live and love, despite the variety of obstacles we face in doing so. And at the heart of this story is the unforgettable, indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who once again offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. This is the way of life, Lucy says. The many things we do not know until it is too late.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Review: Oh William!
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Review: Take Your Breath Away
Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay My rating: 5 of 5 stars One weekend, while Andrew Mason was on a fishi...
The Absolutist by John Boyne My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tr...
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty My rating: 4 of 5 stars Three couples lives are dissected quite thoroughly throughout this book. Th...
Fairy Tale by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars One of my favourite authors, just that I could...
Post a Comment