Elizabeth Strout – Amy and Isabelle

83. Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout (1998)
Length: 304 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 28 September 2012
Finished: 30 September 2012
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 October 2007
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and Elizabeth Strout is a new author for me.

Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, Thomas Robertson. What passes for a while as just a simple high school girl’s secret crush, crosses from fantasy into reality when Thomas and Amy begin a secret love affair with each other. When this emotional and physical trespass is discovered, it brings disgrace to Amy’s mother, Isabelle, and intensifies Isabelle’s feelings of shame about her own past.

Mother and daughter – whose relationship was initially extremely close – suffers an almost physical blow, as both Amy and Isabelle retreat into icy silence towards each other. Amid the minor problems faced by many of the citizens in Shirley Falls, Maine, Amy and Isabelle have a more private misery: a seemingly unbridgeable chasm has opened up between them and nothing will ever be the same again.

I thought that this was a wonderful book, a superlative book. The characters were entirely believable and the book was written with incredible feeling and attention to detail. In my opinion, Elizabeth Strout did an excellent job in getting into her characters heads and describing their motivations. I give this book an A+! and have placed two more books by Elizabeth Strout – Abide With Me and Olive Kitteridge on my Wish List.

A+! – (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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