Amy and Isabelle

Amy and Isabelle

A Novel

Book - 1998
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When Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student, falls in love with her math teacher, the love affair threatens the intimate relationship between Amy and her mother, Isabelle, whose feelings are influenced by the shame of her own past.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1998.
Edition: Book Club edition
ISBN: 9780375501340
Characteristics: 303 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 24, 2018

Let me just say first that I love Elizabeth Strout's writing and always look forward for the next book to come out. Reading these reviews I do see that she is not to everyone's taste. If you are someone who really likes characters who are realistic and deeply portrayed you may also like her writing. On the other hand if you are a person who needs everything to end on a perfectly happy note and if you need to always like the characters then maybe this author may not be for you. There is good reason why Elizabeth Strout has gotten awards for her writing, she is by far one of the best writers out there.

This novel is about the relationship between a mother and a teenage daughter, and while each is interesting and imperfect in her own way, this is still a very universal story.

Aug 28, 2018

I thought it was a good read. Kind of depressing in a way but you could real feel what the characters were feeling. When I first started it I wondered if I was going to like it but I read a little further and found I really couldn't put it down. I just had to keep reading to see what would happen next. A really good book.

Oct 31, 2017

Couldn't get into this one for some reason (maybe because it was her first?), but I do like the other books I've read by this author.

Jan 30, 2017

Yes, well-attention to the details of everyday life is succinct. This author's descriptive writing (TMI) would be good paired with a plot and more clarity about what the issues are they've been disagreeing about. There should be more excitement or anything resembling something other than boring subject matter. It may interest someone who's interested in mother daughter relationships or stories about ignorant, slovenly small town busy bodies. The gist of the story once I got through to many boring pages about nothing much is this: the daughter, Amy, who is coming into her hormonal years alternates between admiring and rejecting her mother. The mother, Isabelle feels rejected on many levels. The mother makes plans to send Amy off to a new life which doesn't include her then feels like her daughter is abandoning her. Preparing to depart, speechless Amy felt a swift, unarticulated compassion for her mother. Her mother, full of regrets, perceived Amy's silence as a sign that her daughter was already lost to her. Last page excerpt: '-Amy and Isabelle looked at each other. Amy raised both eyebrows and drew her breath in sharply as she smiled, as though to say, "Okay, let's go" and for a moment they were united, as if they had both agreed to blast off in a rocket and it was countdown time.' Would you agree there is much untapped potential for Elizabeth Strout? I think she needs to write a story with a tangible plot and some excitement paired with her descriptive reflections.

Jan 26, 2016

As a single Mum with a teenage daughter, I felt very strongly for the main characters in this story. Even though it was written quite some time ago, the same mother/daughter issues still remain today. I loved this book with it's wonderful characters.

Aug 02, 2015

Excellent book, holds your attention right to the last line. Loved the previous book by Strout just as much.

Mar 26, 2014

A good character study. At times the story makes you feel uncomfortable, but I think that was the point - it made the characters uncomfortable as well. As always with Elizabeth Strout, very well written and crafted.

Apr 10, 2012

This is a beautiful and wrenching story by a writer who is, in my opinion, greatly underrated. It is a sensitive story, beautifully written, that is both thought-provoking and, at times, disturbing.

Feb 08, 2012

Favorable Globe review/by author of Olive Kitteridge/pulitzer.

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