Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout

Anything is Possible
Penguin Books Ltd
United Kingdom
26 February 2018

Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling and Man Booker long-listed author of My Name is Lucy Barton.

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout’s place as one of America’s most respected and cherished authors.


Elizabeth Strout is one the best American writers working today. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, and last year’s devastatingly brilliant short novel My Name is Lucy Barton. Her new novel, Anything is Possible, is something of a companion piece to My Name is Lucy Barton, although it stands on its own as an outstanding work of literature.

My Name is Lucy Barton is about a woman who grew up in deep poverty in rural Illinois and, against the odds, became a successful writer in New York. Anything is Possible tells of the people she left behind. The novel is structured as a series of linked stories, with each chapter focusing on a different character, gently teasing out a web of connections between them all.

Like Anne Tyler and Marilynne Robinson, Strout is concerned with the small, intimate details of a person’s life. She captures the moments that weigh heavy on her character’s hearts, and she is especially good when writing about mothers and daughters. In the pages of Anything is Possible, you’ll find deep suffering, dysfunctional marriages, regrets, gossip, broken hearts, juicy secrets and profound realisations.

If you’ve already enjoyed My Name is Lucy Barton, then you’ll need little convincing to pick up Anything is Possible. If you’ve never read Strout at all, you can certainly start here – but for an even richer experience, read My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible back to back.

Nina Kenwood

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