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Anything Is Possible Audiobook

Anything Is Possible: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2017 - I've never read anything by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, not Olive Kitteridge, not My Name Is Lucy Barton, nothing. This is a mistake I plan to soon rectify after listening to Anything Is Possible. Strout delivers a distinct and down-to-earth vision of American life with a patchwork of exactingly crafted characters. Each is so normal and somewhat unassuming but also tortured and robust. She seems to know exactly how to pinpoint the pain that drives people, and each of the stories that make up this novel comes to a carefully balanced yet captivating crescendo. But what I love most about this book is Strout's measured sense of voice. Not only does it complement her understated characters, and not only is it the ideal vehicle for narrator Kimberly Farr, but it is perfectly suited to the quick turns of emotion and introspection that make these stories so brilliantly moving and memorable. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by number one best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

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.

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

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.

©2017 Elizabeth Strout (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    "Another thoughtful, full novel"

    Strout just gets better. Truthful thinking about deep issues everyone deals with. Farr is excellent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 04-28-17
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    One of the most achingly beautiful and hopeful books I have ever heard. The narration was perfect.

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    Cynthea Corlett 05-02-17 Member Since 2008
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    A thoughtful story about the stories and scars we carry with us through life. How we cope with,over-compensate for or fold in on ourselves from the emotional weight of our past. I loved the compassion the writer has for these flawed and striving characters. This is a book the I will go back to.

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    "Best Read of Winter/Spring 2017"


    This is the story about a town you won't remember and it's people who you can't forget. Strout's writing style seems as simple as her character's lives that she colors in chapter- by- chapter.

    The reader becomes fully invested in these small town people who connect in beautifully written "slices of life."

    Outstanding ending. A great piece of literature.

    My favorite read so far in 2017.

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    Lori Michele Kelley 05-09-17 Member Since 2016

    As long as I have my Audible, I'm content.

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    "Strout makes the mundane unputdownable"

    I've really enjoyed the Strout books I've read/listened to (The Burgess Boys, Olive Kitteredge, and My Name is Lucy Barton) and this one was just as good. Her writing is quiet and gentle, and the characters are almost mundanely human, but there's always a reason she tells you that mundane stuff. She connects it to the bigger stuff of life. She has a way of exposing the human heart, making you wince, and then drawing you back in in amazement at the person's strength or resilience. Sometimes the dialogue is pretty lame, but again, that just adds to the authenticity of the characters. No witty banter here. I especially liked that these were connected short stories, so it was like a little treasure hunt to listen and discover where each one was going to fit in!

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    Joann 05-08-17
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    "What a Stunning Novel!"

    I adored this book and was captivated from the first chapter. An intricate maze of characters is adeptly interwoven as we go deeper and deeper into the hearts and minds of some very real people depicted with precise clarity and genuine tenderness.
    Kudos to the narrator, Kimberly Farr. I definitely want to listen to other narrations by her.
    I am hooked for life on the writing of Elizabeth Strout!

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    pat dubus 05-07-17
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    "if you liked my name is Lucy Barton you must read"

    this. occupied the same emotional terrain, wonderful people, universal themes such an authentic trustworthy voice. the narrator is a little over wrought at times.

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    Diana United States 05-05-17
    Diana United States 05-05-17 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Brilliant!!"
    If you could sum up Anything Is Possible in three words, what would they be?

    "So many feelings"


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pretty much everything.


    What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kimberly Farr is a great narrator. She is such a wonderful storyteller with a marvelous voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Elizabeth Strout. She is a writer with tons of feeling that we all can relate to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grammie W 05-04-17
    Grammie W 05-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Best writing ever. Best story ever"

    I loved this book. I had read MY NAME IS
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    which makes this next book more enjoyable,
    but it definitely is not essential.
    Elizabeth Strout has superb language
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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 05-25-17
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 05-25-17 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    My first experience with this author, and overall quite satisfying. She writes eloquently about the travails of everyday life, and about just how difficult it is to be really poor, and what it is like to be discriminated against because of poverty.She writes about evil in all of our souls, manifested by schadenfreude and scapegoating..But she also writes of the joy and power of overcoming, and just how much grit and determination that takes.
    The narrator was superb.

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