Amy and Isabelle: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

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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About the author (2003)

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.


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