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Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Anything Is Possible could be described as a sequel to the brilliant My Name Is Lucy Barton, but it's perfectly possible to read it as a standalone novel. It takes the form of a series of interconnected vignettes about the people of Amgash, a small town in America's rural Mid-West. Lucy, whom we first met in My Name Is Lucy Barton, fled Amgash for New York for a college scholarship, a literary career and an escape from the grinding poverty and erratic parenting of her childhood. She's now published a memoir (the subtext is that My Name Is Lucy Barton may well be that very book) and has returned to Amgash for the first time in decades to visit her brother, now living alone in the dilapidated home the Bartons moved into having previously lived, incredibly, in the house's garage.

But this isn't just a book about the Bartons - it's about the many other characters that populate Lucy's memoir and Amgash itself. It's about their fractured relationships, their …

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