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Publisher Description

Before there was Olive Kitteridge, there was Amy and Isabelle

“A novel of shining integrity and humor, about the bravery and hard choices of what is called ordinary life.”—Alice Munro

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.

Fiction & Literature
February 1
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

eggEggbaby ,

Amy & Isabelle

Elizabeth Strout's fluid style captures the complex relationship of a mother and daughter coming-of -age in Maine. I must note that the scene in which Mother angrily chops off her daughter's hair seems to be directly lifted from "Mommie Dearest"; whether Strout is aware of this is unknown. Otherwise, a nice read.

Oliver Jacobs ,

Amy and Isabel

This remarkable novel highlights the darkest and most brilliant moments of a mother-daughter relationship that withstand the personal and interpersonal growth of two beautiful women and the community/family that accompanies them on their journey.

Sly gray ,

Amy and Isabelle

I could not put this book down. All the characters in the book were believable and the reader could feel their pain and sorrow. The author described feelings and emotions of the characters so well. Excellent!

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