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Oh William!
Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
"Strout's iconic heroine Lucy Barton recounts her complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband -- and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidante."--
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Abailliekaras
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I thoroughly enjoyed this. Strout writes with beautiful clarity & a warm tone that make her books comforting even when her characters face dark times. The story of Lucy & her ex William is deceptively simple & the drama turns on small moments, like the shifts in mood from one hour to the next & relief when William laughs, but the themes are big. There‘s much beneath the surface. Her characters feel real & traverse all of human life & emotion.

BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I completely agree. 6d
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Erynecki
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I think there‘s something sort of Anne Tyler-esque about her characters. The novel is about how the little things shape the big things in our lives. And then there was the Holocaust backstory and the fact that one of the characters we don‘t ever really see is named Trask, and that felt so odd because that was my grandfather‘s false name during the war. There‘s a lot of love and joy tangled into this quietly complicated story of marriage & family.

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Soubhiville
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Ok I‘ve settled on my #bookspin list for September. This month‘s books are either next in a series I‘m partway through, first in a new series, for #AuthorAMonth or my topics bookclub (Short Story or Essay Collections for Sept), or audiobooks I‘ve got on hold from the library that should be coming available.

Looking forward to this month‘s drawing @TheAromaofBooks !📚💕😁

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
Megabooks I love Rainbow! 🌈💜20 4w
Soubhiville @Megabooks I‘ve been wanting to read the Simon Snow books for a while. We‘ll see if it gets chosen this month! 4w
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Addison_Reads
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#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView

Although I didn't feel this one was as strong I will take any extra time I can get with Lucy. 💚

Learning about Lucy and William's relationship helped fill in some gaps from the previous books, but even Lucy couldn't make me like William. His character just annoys me.

I still enjoyed this book though and I hope Strout gives us more Lucy in the future.

TheSpineView Excellent! 1mo
Megabooks Yes! William is so annoying! 1mo
Addison_Reads @Megabooks I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way. He's so whiny for a grown man! And Lucy's far too nice to him. 1mo
squirrelbrain There‘s a new Lucy coming soon…. 1mo
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fredthemoose
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I didn‘t love this. MC is an older woman whose second husband recently died. Book is a lot of the story and her musings about her relationship with her first husband, who she maintains a friendship with and who she supports through a rough transition. Some of the writing is good, but I just didn‘t really like the characters or care much what happened to them. I read a review that said it‘s a short book that felt long, and I agree. ⭐️⭐️💫

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mjtwo
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#Bookerlonglist 2
Third in the Lucy Barton series and I am a Strout convert. This focuses more on Lucy‘s relationship with William. Set in the present day, many years after the end of their marriage, but Lucy‘s many recollections also provide the incite into how they met, we‘d and then split which the earlier books skipped over. William‘s family story also features heavily.
I would be surprised if it wins, but I really enjoyed it.

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emmaturi
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I really enjoyed this book, I do like Lucy a lot. It was easy to read and short. This is only the second book from the Booker Prize I have read. Not reading the whole list only what I can get my hands on from the library.

BarbaraBB I loved this one too. Another Lucy novel will be published soon! 1mo
emmaturi Yes I had seen that somewhere, definitely will check it out @BarbaraBB 1mo
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rmaclean4
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I loved the first 2 books in this series and flew through them. I did not love this one! I felt it was a bit repetitive (having just read the previous novels). For a short novel it dragged for me. I also do not like William! I was all set to love this #booker2022 #bookerPrize2022 novel, and sadly did not. 3 🌟
@MicheleinPhilly @batsy @vivastory @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @JamieArc @jlhammar @Ruthiella

Cinfhen I agree, from the whole Lucy Barton series this one wasn‘t very good. Surprising choice for long list. I don‘t think it‘s going to make shortlist 2mo
Cinfhen I recently read an ARC of book 4 and it was much better 2mo
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BarbaraBB That must have been a disappointment! I loved this one again but I love everything Lucy 😉 2mo
rmaclean4 @Cinfhen so glad to hear! 2mo
rmaclean4 @Cinfhen right?? 2mo
Ruthiella Oh! That‘s so sad. I loved Lucy Barton. Everything is Possible was fine, but I didn‘t have the same emotional investment I had with Lucy. 2mo
rmaclean4 @Ruthiella I know. I was super disappointed. 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear, you‘ve had a couple of duffers in a row! 🤣 1mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerPrediction

Loved this story. Beautiful writing, fantastic characters and not a lot of action 🤣🤣

Full review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4837627037

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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 26/22

I read three very different books again. I adored Oh William, enjoyed Devil House and was a bit disappointed by Red Island House

All in all, a good week!

squirrelbrain Glad you loved Oh William! ❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes, very much! And I heard there‘s a sequel coming out in September! 3mo
squirrelbrain I just applied for it this week on #netgalley…I don‘t hold out much hope though! 3mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain You won‘t be the only one I guess, but you never know 🍀 3mo
TrishB A good week 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen It looks like I‘m in the minority/ I enjoyed this one but must others were just meh about it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
Megabooks 💯 agree with this hierarchy! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know, I bought it because of your review and I am still glad it ticked off Madagascar! (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Of course you do 💕 👯‍♀️ (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thanks! Have you read 3mo
TrishB No- but I‘ve taken a pic of it! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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I just love Lucy Barton. She might feel invisible herself but to me she is so very present, thinking things I wish I would. How she interacts with her family, how she connects the dots in her life - and in William‘s for that matter. Thank you Elisabeth Strout, for bringing her in my life. I hope there will be more.

sarahbarnes I just read My Name is Lucy Barton on my trip and loved it so much.❤️ I can‘t wait to read this one. 3mo
BkClubCare The next is due in July!! 3mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! You hit the nail on the head. 💜💜 3mo
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BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I‘d read it soon if I were you, there are so many references to that one in this book. I loved that! And also to another wonderful Strout book: 3mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare You just made my day! No, my week!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare In Europe it‘ll be released 1 September 🥲 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks!! Did you know that there‘ll be a sequel soon? See @BkClubCare above ⬆️ 3mo
sarahbarnes I just put in a request for it at the library! And I‘m thrilled to hear there is a new one out soon @BkClubCare!Thank you also for the rec for her book The Burgess Boys since now I want to read all of her writing. (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes There‘s also 😉 3mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Some people love her even more than Lucy Barton, but I don‘t! 3mo
sarahbarnes ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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JHSiess
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🤵👰‍♀️Book░Review ⚖️⁣

Lucy Barton makes her 3rd appearance in 𝗢𝗵 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗺! By 𝗘𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝗯𝗲𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘁. Lucy helps her first husband weather life crises & reflects on their relationship. It's a rich & highly relatable narrative about marriage, family, & connectedness. Stout‘s consideration of those topics is engaging, poignant, & emotionally resonant. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸: https://tinyurl.com/mpz9um3y

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Bevita
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“Whenever I don‘t know what to do, I watch what I am doing.” (P 161)
It‘s starting to feel like I need to read all her books back-to-back because the characters keep returning and I can‘t remember them. Great story telling.

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Christine
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I really loved this and will follow Lucy‘s journey of self-discovery wherever it goes. I‘m so glad that I just reread My Name Is Lucy Barton bc it made it so fun to revisit Lucy and her family! And I got a kick out of recognizing sentences in this that served as quick summaries of important character development stuff from the first book. Maybe I should indulge in rereading series books more often? (Now whether to reread Anything Is Possible…)

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“Grief is such a--oh, it is such a solitary thing; this is the terror of it, I think. It is like sliding down the outside of a really long glass building while nobody sees you.

bthegood What a great analogy.👍 5mo
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Megabooks
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Oh William indeed! Strout does such an interesting job of writing as Lucy. I imagine Lucy as a fretful woman who hides her true mind from everyone. This novel reads as her trying to work out her feelings about William (and other parts of her life).

Lucy‘s beloved second husband has died just as her first husband needs more than ever. William has found out he has an older secret half sister who lives in Maine. He and Lucy go to investigate. ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ this is commitment to a photo because there were about two dozen bumblebees getting nectar in this azalea, and I am terrified of bees! 🫣🐝 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture! Dedication paid off 🌸🌸🌸🌸💫 5mo
Dragon Love those flowers 🌸 5mo
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BarbaraBB Beautiful pic and your review makes me eager to read this book. I have it planned for May! 5mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts thank you 💜💜 5mo
Megabooks @Dragon I‘m lucky that azaleas in my neighborhood are lovely this time of year! 5mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘ll enjoy it! Lucy‘s such a fantastic character. 5mo
Centique Beautiful photo and you were brave! I am even more keen to read this after your review 😍 5mo
Megabooks @Centique thanks! It was a nail biter of a photo. I think you‘ll enjoy the book! 5mo
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NovelNancyM
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Not my favorite Elizabeth Strout book - writing felt more of telling versus showing.

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Kazzie
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Very interesting (and likely distinctive, only book I‘ve read so far) style. It was honest about grief and families. Want to read more Elizabeth Strout

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marleed
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This book is a celebration of family. So much stuff happens in life, and at the end of the day there‘s just a few people in our lives with whom we can be completely who we are in all our messiness. We are fortunate when falling out of love can sometimes circle back to something that is family.

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Cathy_J
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I loved this. In this novel writer Lucy Barton (of My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible) reflects on her relationship with her ex-husband William. It is so well written and thoughtful. I love the way Elizabeth Strout uses a mixture of current events and past reminiscences to give us these fully developed and memorable characters ❤️

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Suet624
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Some serious parallels to my life in this one, especially the relationship between Lucy and her ex-husband. I think this is a perfect rendering of a woman/man examining their past and looking more closely at how they have impacted each other. I thought it was a sweet tale of support and discovery.

BarbaraBB I just read another Strout which I loved and was thinking that I should really read this one now! 6mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB she has such a wonderful style of making a character stand right in front of you and explain their lives to you. I‘ve liked all of the ones I‘ve read by her but somehow I‘ve missed Burgess Boys. Your review of that one is wonderful. 6mo
BarbaraBB I‘d absolutely recommend that one to you! 6mo
nathandrake1997 Hi Sue, you are my favourite ❤️ 6mo
Suet624 @nathandrake1997 Right back at you! ❤️ 6mo
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AvidReader25
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Strout can write about the simplest of human interactions & make them fascinating. This one returns us to Lucy Barton‘s life. It‘s told from Lucy‘s point of view about her ex-husband William as he uncovers a secret from his mother‘s past. Every relationship is so nuanced and complicated, just like real life. I find myself completely invested in Lucy‘s world each time I read about it. I love how she explores the ways our past shapes who we become.

BkClubCare I want to read everything she writes. 7mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Yes!!! Readalong of Olive Again? 7mo
BkClubCare @AvidReader25 - hmmm, I might have to reread Olive K as well. 🤩 (edited) 7mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Same! It‘s been years since I read it. 7mo
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Readerann
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I may just be a crankypants, but this redundant style of writing irritates me.

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rachelk
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Oh Elizabeth! Why is this so good? Lucy Barton, an introspective 60-something writer reflects on life and particularly on her ex, William. This novel is so honest, intimate and realistic it feels like having a long, deep conversation with a beloved aunt. There were two previous books about Lucy, but I hadn‘t read either and it didn‘t matter. Strout is an incredible creator of characters and wonderful story teller.

Simona I especially agree with you about last sentence! 8mo
rachelk @Simona I‘ve only read a couple of her books but I really enjoy her style. I‘m sure I‘ll add more Strout to the tbr mountain. 8mo
rachaich She's awesome 😍. You and I have very similar reading lists and views 😊😊😊 8mo
rachelk @rachaich and I think similar names 😁 8mo
rachaich @rachelk 😁😁 8mo
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Simona
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Lucy Barton is very reflective character, and in this book the focus is on her relationship with her ex-husband. Complex relations between family members, hunting past, simple - but effective prose are main ingredients in this charming story. Very likeable story.

SRWCF I love the photo! What a creative way to present this book. 8mo
Simona Thank you @SRWCF Photographing ebooks is boring and when I have time, I like to play with photo editor apps. 8mo
SRWCF @Simona Definitely a cool idea! 8mo
rachelk I love your photo editing! It makes me want to do better with the images I post. 8mo
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rachaich
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Books from this longest of months... favourite was definitely the tagged. Struggling with Cilka...

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The last page of this book is so on point. I think I enjoyed Lucy Barton a tad bit more than this one, but that shouldn‘t diminish this as an absolute pick. I love Strout; she‘s an autobuy author for me. ❤️🌟🤓

Allyneedsbooks I LOVE the cover 🌷!! 8mo
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Simona
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This weekend my company is Lucy Barton. I loved the previous books, so I don‘t have any doubts about this one.
#weekendreading

Andrew65 Looking forward to seeing your review. 8mo
BarbaraBB Lovely weekend I think! 8mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It is a perfect weekend - no visitors, good book and sunny weather … all I need to be happy 😃 8mo
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BarbaraBB Sunny weather? Definitely jealous of your weekend!! 🤍 8mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Cold, but ☀️ I was on hike yesterday, and I‘m going also today … and that is perfect weekend for me. 8mo
BarbaraBB To me too! Enjoy 🤍 8mo
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Flavius
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I've just finished it

BkClubCare ❤️ 9mo
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rachaich
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Oh Elizabeth Strout! How can she write so eloquently and draw me in to these lives. Yet she also writes simply. Sigh. She is superb. I desperately hope she's writing something else 😍😊

squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 9mo
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jlhammar
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Wow. The third in the Amgash series (following My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible) did not disappoint. Love Lucy‘s voice and the spare writing style. Thoughtful & moving.

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rachaich
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Jeez, how I adore this woman 😍
Everything she writes is joy to read.
Signed copy too 🤗😆😆

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StellaB
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I love Elizabeth Strout, and this is another wonderful, if rather short book. I didn‘t always find Lucy‘s voice as convincing as in My Name is Lucy Barton, but the storytelling is once again beautifully nuanced. I really like how the characters‘ internal workings are rarely spelled out, which leaves much for the reader to discover for themselves.

Brimful Great review 9mo
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BethHagey
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*****

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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ .5 This 📕 captures the complexities of the human condition. Do we ever truly know any one person, including ourselves? As a sequel to another one of Strout‘s 📕, the story follows Lucy as she helps her ex-husband come to grips w/ unexpected realities of his past while also navigating truths of his present. The 📕 reads like you are listening to a friend‘s stream of consciousness or reading their personal journal. 📄: 237

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squirrelbrain
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I liked this one slightly better than My Name is Lucy Barton. I did read them one after the other, so it felt like one longer book though!

Despite ostensibly being about Lucy‘s former husband, William, we actually learn more about Lucy in this book so it‘s almost a consolidation of the first book.

@Ruthiella @BarbaraBB - if you haven‘t read this one yet, you should!

BarbaraBB I have meant to read it indeed since I loved Lucy Barton. And this one‘s even better? Too bad it didn‘t make the #tob shortlist 9mo
jlhammar Really looking forward to this one. I adored both Lucy Barton & Anything is Possible. 9mo
Flaneurette Elizabeth Strout has really become an auto buy author for me on the strength of these last few novels 9mo
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Cranberry Pear Crunch Pie #CaresPieShow #LitPie

#FavoriteAuthor Very enjoyable; Strout captures human nature and those inner doubts we all have trying to understand ourselves and each other. It‘s a mystery.
@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpin

Ruthiella Looks delicious 😋! 9mo
EvieBee Oh my stars! 😍😍 9mo
TheAromaofBooks That looks amazing!!! And fabulous progress on your reading as well!! 9mo
Flaneurette Yum 🤤! 9mo
Readerann 😋 9mo
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A tulip stem inside me snapped.

#favoriteauthor #tob2022longlist #tulips

Lesliereads I‘m looking forward to read this one! 9mo
BkClubCare @Lesliereads - I love this author. 😍 I am thinking that I will someday read all Strout‘s books back to back SOMEDAY (then I will read all Ann Patchett‘s and then Marilynne Robinson‘s…) 9mo
Ruthiella Do Robinson first! Only 5 books and you‘ll have a sense of accomplishment! 🤣 There are quite a few authors where I want to be a completist! 9mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - I meant for “when I retire”; actually think that I have read all of MR‘s fiction…. But yes, I want to read the Gilead series in one swoop. 😉 (edited) 9mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Ah. I have many ideas about how to fill my time upon retirement and re-reading is definitely planned! 9mo
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#BookSpin ❤️📚 Very excited for this title and I have had the #DoubleSpin title *Gardens of Water* on my 2021 tbr for the #WhatsinaNameChallenge, all year. Yay! Happy December, Everyone 🤩🎄🥧
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

(Adding last month‘s missed spins to this month…)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 10mo
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One of those books with lots to think on.

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Brimful
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Just heard that Elizabeth Strout is going to be on bbc radio four open book next Sunday talking about Oh William! A must listen!

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Brimful
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Read this pitch perfect novel far too quickly. Primarily a reflection on loneliness and connection and the redemptive qualities of long relationships, it reveals the tragedy underpinning Lucy Barton‘s mother in laws life long depression via her ex husbands exploration of his family history. As honest and thought provoking as any of Strout‘s novels, I loved it!

StellaB Thanks for your review, I‘m so looking forward to reading this. 10mo
Brimful And now it‘s long listed for the Booker! 2mo
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Elizabeth Strout is one of my favorite authors. This is another installment of the mind and life of Lucy Barton. In this novel, Lucy reconnects with her ex-husband and processes their current relationship and their past. I love Strout‘s slow boil of writing- as if you are in Lucy‘s mind as she happens upon her revelations of her life. I‘d like Lucy Barton to be friends with Eleanor Oliphant some way, some how.

Lesliereads I, too, really enjoy Elizabeth Strout‘s writing 💕 10mo
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Brimful
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My weekend read. So looking forward to it!

charl08 Waiting for this one from the library, rather impatiently! 10mo
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Flaneurette
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I‘ve stalled out at 60% on Sally Rooney‘s latest but I‘m flying through this one! Such perceptive observations on mature relationships vs young adult angst is resonating more w me right now

BkClubCare I know I will ❤️ this. 10mo
Kristin_Reads I love those boxed editions in the background, too! So cool! (edited) 9mo
Flaneurette @Kristin_Reads they are from Powell‘s Indiespensable subscription box which unfortunately is on hiatus, hopefully will start again at some point 🤞 9mo
Kristin_Reads I love Powell‘s! I‘ll keep my eyes open for that subscription box. 9mo
Suet624 @Flaneurette I sporadically sign up for the Powell's subscription box. We must have been subscribers at the same time because I have those as well. It must take so much effort to put those boxes together! 9mo
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Elizabeth Strout was the last author I saw at an in-person event before COVID. Strout is delightful:funny, smart, and humble. I loved Oh, William. The book features Lucy Barton from My Name is Lucy Barton and focuses on her relationship with her ex husband, William. Strout captures all of the small comments and gestures in a relationship that can inflict both pain and tenderness. No one writes about the everyday interior life as well as Strout.

CarolynM Lovely review. I'm really looking forward to this one🙂 11mo
Bookboss @CarolynM Thank you! I really loved it! 11mo
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Book mail is the best mail!

BkClubCare The best! 11mo
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Cinfhen
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A new installment in the Lucy Barton series with the focus on Lucy‘s ex-husband, William. It quickly becomes apparent however, that this is still very much Lucy‘s story as well. Strout beautifully and honestly writes what childhood traumas, poverty, loneliness, disappointment, motherhood and compassion look like. Gorgeous quiet moments and reflections. A perfect fall read and one that would be a great choice for a bookclub discussion.

BookBosomed1 I can‘t wait to read this one! 11mo
Cinfhen While I still prefer Olive and the people of Shirley Falls, Lucy Barton is quickly becoming another beloved character @BookBosomed1 11mo
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