Anything Is Possible

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Hardcover, 254 pages

Published:  April 25th 2017 by Random House

Original Title: Anything is Possible

ISBN:  0812989406 (ISBN13: 9780812989403)

Edition Language: English

Series: Amgash #2

Literary Awards: Folio Prize Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2017)


Short story collection Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Here are two sisters: one trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

Anything Is Possible Quotes

“This was the skin that protected you from the world—this loving of another person you shared your life with.”

“the sense of apology did not go away; it was a tiring thing to carry. —”

“To listen to a person is not passive.”

― Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible

“Annie, who up until this very day had always felt like a child–which is why she could not marry, she could not be a wife–now felt quietly ancient. She thought how for years onstage she had used the image of walking up the dirt road holding her father’s hand, the snow-covered fields spread around them, the woods in the distance, joy spilling through her–how she had used this scene to have tears immediately come to her eyes, for the happiness of it, and the loss of it. And now she wondered if it had even happened, if the road had ever been narrow and dirt, if her father had ever held her hand and said that his family was the most important thing to him.”


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