In her luminous and long-awaited new novel, bestselling author Elizabeth Strout welcomes readers back to the archetypal, lovely landscape of northern New England, where the events of her first novel, Amy and Isabelle, unfolded. In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failingsfaith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonmentwhen a dark secret is revealed.Tyler Caskey has come to love West Annett, just up the road from where he was born. The short, brilliant summers and the sharp, piercing winters fill him with aweas does his congregation, full of good people who seek his guidance and listen earnestly as he preaches. But after suffering a terrible loss, Tyler finds it hard to return to himself as he once was. He hasnt had The Feelingthat God is all around him, in the beauty of the worldfor quite some time. He struggles to find the right words in his sermons and in his conversations with those facing crises of their own, and to bring his five-year-old daughter, Katherine, out of the silence she has observed in the wake of the familys tragedy.A congregation that had once been patient and kind during Tylers grief now questions his leadership and propriety. In the kitchens, classrooms, offices, and stores of the village, anger and gossip have started to swirl. And in Tylers darkest hour, a startling discovery will test his congregations humanityand his own will to endure the kinds of trials that sooner or later test us all. In prose incandescent and artful, Elizabeth Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is consideredlife, love, God, and communitywithin these pages, and all is made new by this writers boundless compassion and graceful prose.From the Hardcover edition....
|Title||:||Abide with Me|
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Abide with Me Reviews
"I wonder if we are all condemned to live outside the grace of God." Reverent Tyler Caskey in Abide with Me.
I have long wanted to read Elizabeth Strout's second novel Abide with Me , ever since I first heard about it. Strout has been one of my favorite authors since Olive Kitteridge was being passed around a group of reading church friends ten years ago. I was lucky to review galleys of My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible.
Abide by Me drew me in particular because it is about a minis ...more
This is a beautiful book. It is a testimony to the enduring power of love. I want to write a review that I believe is worthy of the story and I can't seem to find the words. So, I am just going to encourage you to read it and hope that you enjoy as much as I.
The nuns taught us there are two ways through life… the way of Nature… and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow. - The Tree of Life
Forse leggere due romanzi della Strout nel giro di una settimana non è stata proprio una buona idea, ma immagino rispecchi il mio lato masochista.
Ancora una volta ci troviamo nel Maine, ma questa volta a West Annett, un po' più a nord di Shirley Falls. Siamo a cavallo tra il '59 e il '60 e il timore di un possibile pericolo atomico si è profo ...more
Dove c'è un essere umano, esiste sempre una speranza d'amore.
This book was not what I expected. It was not about religion but about human nature and how we overcome some of our basic and more ugly tendencies. The pastor in this book was so excellently portrayed in his strengths and his venerability’s that I felt I could reach out and touch him.
The author did not tell you the mans wife was shallow, self-absorbed and immature but by showed her behavior in telling situations. The way her husband loved her was heart rending and I was glad the author gave her ...more
Tyler Caskey is the preacher of a small Maine town in the late 1950s, widowed with two small daughters. He struggles to keep his head above water emotionally and financially, while his five-year-old is causing problems at school and the town begins to gossip about Tyler and his housekeeper.
I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the other Strouts I’ve read. It’s rather slow and although I could sympathise with Tyler, I didn’t really connect with him. But I’m glad I read it, and Elizabeth Strout’s p ...more
LA COSTRUZIONE DI UN ATTIMO
Ho fatto un sogno stanotte: ero andato a trovare Elizabeth e lei mi preparava un caffè, profumato robusto dolce, pura libidine, e intanto mi spiegava che il caffè americano si fa in tanti modi, che quello che conta è la tostatura, e la mano di chi lo prepara - si va dalla risciacquatura di piatti sporchi a quello che lei mi ha offerto (e che io consumo tutte le mattine), pura delizia.
Si è messa a ridere perché ha spiegato che la stessa cosa succede con la scrittura: ...more
In the note that follows this novel, Strout writes, "As a storyteller, I don't think it's my job to pass judgment on the people whose lives I imagine and record." Perhaps that's what I like best about Strout--her descriptions make you vow to retire the phrase "ordinary people" from your vocabulary, since each character's inner life a becomes a revelation. Also, her descriptions make you view your surroundings differently. She--and, often, her characters-love the New England landscape; it is a ch ...more