Amy and Isabelle: A Novel
In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout evokes a teenager's alienation from her distant mother—and a parent's rage at the discovery of her daughter's sexual secrets. In most ways, Isabelle and Amy are like any mother and her 16-year-old daughter, a fierce mix of love and loathing exchanged in their every glance. That they eat, sleep, and work side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls only increases the tension. And just when it appears things can't get any worse, Amy's sexuality begins to unfold, causing a vast and icy rift between mother and daughter that will remain unbridgeable unless Isabelle examines her own secretive and shameful past.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nivramkoorb - LibraryThing
I have read all of Strout's books and this first novel by her was good but not up to the standards of her later books. The story of a single mother(with a past to hide) raising a teenage daughter in a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - snash - LibraryThing
[Amy and Isabelle] was a mother/daughter story but also a depiction of the quiet agonies, disappointments and miscommunications of life told not only in the story of Amy and Isabelle but also their acquaintances. Read full review