yael pedhatzur

Meitar, Israel
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  • Amy and Isabelle

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Roberts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Story
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With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest, tough and absorbing

  • By Catherine on 11-03-14


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Reviewed: 10-01-17

I have just completed an Elizabeth Strout binge. Although at first her style of seemingly unrelated vignettes and lengthy descriptions felt tiresome and heavy, the more i read the more i felt enveloped by the stories and the characters.
This book in particular was interesting from the beginning. Was immediately taken (negatively at first) by both mother & daughter yet was constantly propelled forward to share their lives and their own self discovery.
All Strouts characters, minor or central, are well rounded and clear. Each character brings their own story and relevance to the plot. I particularly love the fact that her main characters, women are all mostly independent, individualistic and deep.