Amy and Isabelle: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2003 - Fiction - 303 pages
3 Reviews
National Bestseller

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. And eating, sleeping, and working side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls doesn't help matters. But when Amy is discovered behind the steamed-up windows of a car with her math teacher, the vast and icy distance between mother and daughter becomes unbridgeable.

As news of the scandal reaches every ear, it is Isabelle who suffers from the harsh judgment of Shirley Falls, intensifying her shame about her own secret past. And as Amy seeks comfort elsewhere, she discovers the fragility of human happiness through other dramas, from the horror of a missing child to the trials of Fat Bev, the community peacemaker. Witty and often profound, Amy and Isabelle confirms Elizabeth Strout as a powerful new talent.


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I have to admit that I followed the hoopla associated with the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008. Olive Kittridge deserved the award. That being said Amy and isabelle was next on my list and Im ... Read full review

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YA-Isabelle Goodrow thought her move to the small mill town of Shirley Falls would be temporary-just until she decided in which direction she wanted her life to head. Now her daughter, Amy, has fallen ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
35
Section 4
49
Section 5
62
Section 6
78
Section 7
91
Section 8
99
Section 14
156
Section 15
170
Section 16
175
Section 17
188
Section 18
194
Section 19
204
Section 20
222
Section 21
234

Section 9
107
Section 10
115
Section 11
124
Section 12
132
Section 13
144
Section 22
246
Section 23
259
Section 24
270
Section 25
291
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Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.


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