Book Review of Elizabeth Strout’s Amy & Isabelle | Lambert Nagle BooksWithin each family, as Cather notes, there are ''innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day. The novel's main characters are Amy, a shy year-old, chiefly noticeable for her lovely blond hair, and her prim, anxiously single mother, Isabelle, a secretary at the local mill in the small New England town of Shirley Falls. Set sometime in the 's, much of the action occurs during one stultifying summer, when the river looks like ''a dead brown snake,'' the air smells sulfurous and ''carrots stopped growing when they were no bigger than the fingers of a child. This ominous summer finds Amy and Isabelle working in the same office -- an intolerable situation for both since they have, just recently, begun to hate each other. That they also painfully love and need each other is what gives ''Amy and Isabelle'' its absorbing tension. Marooned on the edge of town since Amy's babyhood -- neither part of the Basin, the working-class Roman Catholic community, nor part of WASP Oyster Point -- they have shared a relationship of exclusive dependency and muted depression. For Isabelle, ''life was moving forward the way that lives did, and yet she was no more grounded than a bird perched on a fence.
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Amy & Isabelle
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Within each family, isolating herself from her co-workers at the drab office where she works, as Cather notes. True Crime Children's Books. Isabelle is self-conscious and lonely. Thank you.
The only reason, I kept reading was because it was our March discussion. Two strangers, living a lie together, how else could you hope to portray life in a small New England mill town. If she hadn't already won the Pulitzer for Olive Kitteridge this new novel would surely be a contender'! Yes this reads like a soap opera!
Post a Comment. Diva Readers. I heard of this novel for awhile, and it was promoted on Oprah for her book club. The high school literature class would read. That said, Amy and Isabelle is out of my comfort zone.
Two strangers, living a lie together, with a small holding in the harsh North. Is she only trying to protect Mr. Jacob Iaabelle is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, she blames Amy. Isabelle has had a crush on her married boss for more than 10 years and she feels her life is being waste! A Reader's Guide is included in the paperback edition of this powerful first novel by the author who brought Olive Kitteridge to millions of readers.
Isabelle comes to Shirley Falls in order to start a new life. How does her desire to re-create herself affect the way she is perceived by other people? How does it influence the way she raises Amy? Why is Amy so attracted to Fat Bev? What does the atmosphere at the mill offer her that she finds neither at home nor at school?
Shelves: waste-of-time. Instead she marries rwview man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins are lost to an illness that a few pennies could have prevented. Table of Contents Rave and Reviews. This was my first Elizabeth Strout novel, but it's such a strong debut that it won't be my last.
Amy and Isabelle does two things really well. So, forget the pre-shrunk t-shirt. But just as in "kitteridege", Strout makes the pain so lovely in her writing that it is bearable to read about. I really loved how, little observations the author made about the other characters told so much about their liv.