In Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout introduces several characters with one common bond: Lucy Barton. We meet Tommy Guptill, former janitor at Amgash where the local children were educated; the Nicely sisters, whose lives couldn't be more different; neighbour Jay Peterson-Cornell, an extremely nasty character; and Pete, who stayed on the farm while his sister left to became a famous author. Lucy is the link tying these people together, in a collection that is an absolute joy to read.
Robin Forsythe, Dubray Stillorgan
A novel in stories by the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton Years ago, Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer, spent time in hospital, with her mother at the foot of her bed to keep her company. Avoiding the distance between them, they spoke at length about people from their home town, the rural, dusty town of Amgash, Illinois. Writing these stories, Lucy imagines the lives of the people that she especially remembers. And the people she has imagined that, in small ways, have remembered her too. For isn't it true that we all hope to be remembered? Or to think in some way - even fleetingly - that we have been important to someone?