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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,668 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Strout Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781415932100
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In her luminous and long-awaited new novel, bestselling author Elizabeth Strout welcomes readers back to northern New England in the late 1950s.

Tyler Caskey has come to love West Annett. The short, brilliant summers and the sharp, piercing winters fill him with awe—as does his congregation, full of good people who seek his guidance and listen earnestly as he preaches. But after suffering a terrible loss, Tyler finds it hard to return to himself as he once was and his congregation begins to question his leadership and propriety.

In prose clear and saturated with feeling, Elizabeth Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is considered—life, love, God, and community, and all is made new by this writer’s boundless compassion and graceful prose.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia Chocinsky | 2/19/2014

    " This is a great book and my first time reading one from this author. Lots of reviews telling you why it is great but I want to suggest that this would make an e cell end book club selection. The book lives on many levels, even the weather appears to be a character in the book with its many moods reflecting the internal mood and turmoil of the young pastor. Enjoy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/15/2014

    " Not much happens in this book. The writing is okay, but nothing from the book stays with you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/9/2014

    " What an amazing book. It dealt with a lot of different topics simultaneously- grief, forgiveness, love and marriage, family, etc. Tyler's character was developed magnificantly and he really drew me in. Also a very believable portrait of how humans can be so cruel to one another, yet also so capable of giving second chances. It really made me think and feel. An excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/31/2014

    " Like Amy and Isabelle, this story transitions seamlessly through a whole town of characters, many of whom have deeply hidden secrets. The range of characters and the depth of each character is remarkable. Honestly I liked Amy and Isabelle a touch more, but this book is far from unappealing. I plan to continue through her novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/25/2014

    " For a story that deals with intensely emotional topics, this book is remarkably understated. The lack of drama bothered me at first, being conditioned to more explosive action in movies and on TV, but in the end I really appreciated the subtlety. To me it expresses that the details that end up as significant in one's life don't have to hit you over the head like a brick or come with an exclamation point. I would have liked more development on certain characters, like Tyler's daughter Katherine for one. But the descriptions that initially seemed perfunctory might have served to emphasize an overarching lesson of the book - that people often judge eachother without collecting enough information to have a fair and complete picture of the whole individual. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jen8998 | 1/24/2014

    " I really disliked this tale of a minister grieving the loss of his wife. He's grieving, his young daughter won't talk, his mother is profoundly unsupportive, his housekeeper turns out to be both a murderer and a thief. You'd think his congregation would be sympathetic, forgiving maybe. Not so much in this novel. Instead, they spread unfounded rumors about his having an affair with his housekeeper, talk about him behind his back and recommend placing his grieving daughter in a special school for the mentally retarded. I was also frustrated with the character of the minister who appears incredibly naive, convinced of the goodwill of his congregation despite all evidence to the contrary. An really unpleasant story all the way around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Mcginn | 1/11/2014

    " A tale of loss and redemption in northern new england. The new minister grows up and learns love along with a congregation - good that I already loved elizabeth strout before I read this as I doubt I would have read a second of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackson | 1/7/2014

    " It is difficult to become absorbed into the characters initially, but sticking with the story of autism?trauma?compassion?what is truth? will reward you greatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Dillon | 1/5/2014

    " I really liked this book for the honesty of its characterizations. As a Christian I appreciated the sympathetic portrait of a minister attempting to act with grace in the face of human weakness, including his own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ma | 1/3/2014

    " If you like Marilynne Robinson, you'll like Elizabeth Strout. She's a bit earthier than Robinson. This is a great book with characters I could really relate to. A truthful book. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 1/2/2014

    " Beautifully written. The characters were completely believable and the descriptions of the small town church and the minister were perfectly done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krenner1 | 12/1/2013

    " My third Elizabeth Strout read and I'm not disappointed. Amazing how she can paint the most benign setting yet give it a sense of tension. This one's about a minister whose first assignment is a small Maine town. All the rumors, etc. Sounds ordinary, but not under the pen of Strout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/29/2013

    " Every so often you read something that makes you want to write the author a letter thanking her for being so freakin' brilliant. This is one of those. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 11/19/2013

    " Beautifully drawn portrait of a pastor who has lost his wife and faces raising two girls on his own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 siga | 10/31/2013

    " love listening to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/9/2013

    " Ms. Strout won a Pulitzer Prize in the year I chose this book for the book discussion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/11/2013

    " Another very powerful book by Elizabeth Strout. For some reason, I began to lose the impetus about 3/4 of the way through, but the pace really quickened at the end, and I felt that the end was perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Rufer jacobson | 7/22/2013

    " I liked this book though it was a bit strange. If you like Anne Tyler's writing style, you will like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AngelaGay Kinkead | 4/24/2013

    " Nice, but I expected more. I'll try Olive Kittridge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 4/22/2013

    " It's like the Scarlet Letter, but well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Allen | 1/23/2013

    " Author of Olive Kittredge explores the cost of loss to an individual and a community... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruby | 7/3/2012

    " Beautifully written with three dimensional characters. Sad story about people coming seeking redemption for their tragically wrong choses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian Goldberg | 10/29/2011

    " SO-so, dissapointing after the intensity of Amy and Isabelle. I finished it a week or so ago and cannot remember the story. Too much place and not enough people.Hoped the personalities would gel and reach out, but they never did and the ending was "meh." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammys | 10/2/2011

    " I liked the perspective from a widowed preacher realizing what it takes to grow-up as parent, husband, son and preacher of a small town congregation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 6/17/2011

    " I love her writing style; not only is it a portrait of a family, but also of the whole community. I don't know that I enjoyed this book as much as "Olive Kitteridge", but it was still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shereekjohnson | 5/21/2011

    " Liked "Olive Kitteridge" so much I wanted to read more by the author. And this didn't disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 5/10/2011

    " This was a difficult book for me to read. I never fully got into it and it took about four times to finally read it in its entirity. A sad story and I never felt a connection with the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sydney | 3/18/2011

    " Unfortunately I can't say this was one of my favorite books. The storyline was very depressing and vulgar and moved like molasses. The story of a New England preacher's life after his wife's untimely demise did not 'grab' me the way it should have, but I would give this author another try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 3/11/2011

    " I was fascinated to see how she wrote a novel in a traditional format after I read Olive Kitteridge. She's a keeper, I think, though I wish some of her characters were without deep dilemmas--though maybe none of us are??? Through it all she gives us hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/9/2011

    " this was a nice book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jd | 2/15/2011

    " Depressing, boring, with a stupid ending and full of characters I hated. I resent the time of my life I wasted on this trash and am not getting back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/8/2011

    " Really enjoying this so far-- love the spot-on description of New Englanders. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/2/2011

    " Was ok. Just something I pulled from the library shelf so it wasn't a recommendation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/31/2011

    " I expected more, I guess--but it's interestingly paralleling the Godwin book I'm currently reading--Father Melancholy's Daughter--they're quite similar.

    I liked Strout in person much better than in this book. "

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