Genres: fiction, contemporary, novels, family, adult, literature
Awards: Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2000), PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominee (2000), Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (1999)
Release date: February 1, 2000
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Format: paperback, 304 pages
About The Book
Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout’s bestselling and award winning debut, Amy and Isabelle — adapted for television by Oprah Winfrey— 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 — a location fans of Strout will recognize from her critically acclaimed novel, The Burgess Boys — 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.
A Reader’s Guide is included in the paperback edition of this powerful first novel by the author who brought Olive Kitteridge to millions of readers.
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