What’s it about?
This series of interconnected stories is set in the Midwest. Elizabeth Strout uses her razor sharp skills to shed light on our shared humanity.
What did it make me think about?
How does Elizabeth Strout keep it so simple and yet impart so many universal truths? She explores in these stories how interconnected we all are, and yet how alone we are as well. How do we connect when we each have such a different sum of experiences?
Should I read it?
This is a beautifully written collection of stories- each story connecting to another. I would highly recommend this book.
“It seemed the older he grew- and he had gown old- the more he understood that he could not understand this confusing contest between good and evil, and that maybe people were not meant to understand things here on earth.”
If you like this try-
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Moshin Hamid
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
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on my nightstand
edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!