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Mother-daughter novels can, by virtue of their subject matter, often seem claustrophobic, a little overwrought; Elizabeth Strout masterfully avoids this problem by placing Amy and Isabelle in the larger context of the community they inhabit. Though her main focus is on the Goodrow women, Strout often detours into the lives and thoughts of her many secondary characters: Isabelle's coworkers Dottie Brown and Fat Bev; Amy's best friend, Stacy Burrows; Stacy's ex-boyfriend, Paul Bellows; and women from Isabelle's church such as Peg Dunlap and Barbara Rawley. She also introduces a chilling frisson of menace with the unsolved abduction of a12-year-old girl and a mysterious obscene phone caller. Like the best of Alice Hoffman, Amy and Isabelle offers up a moving yet resolutely unsentimental portrait of people coming to terms with their lives, finding unsuspected nobility in themselves and unexpected kindness in others along the way. Elizabeth Strout has written a gem of a novel. --Alix Wilber -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Eine sehr anschauliche, auch mit Humor geschriebene Mutter-Tochtergeschichte, die auf der Lebenslüge der Mutter nicht gut verlaufen kann. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2012 von Ingeborg Baumeister
Amy and Isabelle Elizabeth Strout Random House 1999 ISBN 0375501347 H.C.
A mother daughter story that was once good but now is troubled. This is real life stuff. Lesen Sie weiter...
This has got to be one of the worst books I've read in recent years. I was encouraged to read this book by the good reviews it got and the idea for the story, but I was quickly... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von RSO Kent
I read the book on a recommendation from a friend. While the mother daughter relationship was very interesting, I found myself much more interested in the lives of the peripheral... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2000 von A. Fee
This was the 10th book for the CORBEL Book Club. We thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's hard to believe this was the authors' 1st book - it was very well written and kept our... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2000 von CORBEL Book Club
I could not put this book down. In fact, I read it for four hours straight traveling from San Franscisco to Chicago and at one point was warned I would hurt my eyes if I continued... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2000 von Shannon C. Capone
I had read glowing reviews of this novel here and in the Times and decided to give it a go. It was billed as a quirky, quiet story which focused on the most difficult time of a... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2000 von S. Kirk
Amy and Isabelle are unforgettable characters. I found Amy to be a realistically drawn teenage girl. Isabelle, however, was a hard character to accept and enjoy. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Juni 2000 von Stephanie
I wanted to enjoy this book as it had been recommended to me. It was so slow in getting going that I often put it down and would force myself to start it again. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2000 von Bernadette A. Moyer