The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Booker-longlisted, bestselling author
returns to her beloved heroine Lucy Barton in a luminous novel about
love, loss, and the family secrets that can erupt and bewilder us at any
point in life
Lucy Barton is a successful writer living in
New York, navigating the second half of her life as a recent widow and
parent to two adult daughters. A surprise encounter leads her to
reconnect with William, her first husband - and longtime,
on-again-off-again friend and confidante. Recalling their college years,
the birth of their daughters, the painful dissolution of their
marriage, and the lives they built with other people, Strout weaves a
portrait, stunning in its subtlety, of a tender, complex, decades-long
Oh William! captures the joy and sorrow of
watching children grow up and start families of their own; of
discovering family secrets, late in life, that alter everything we think
we know about those closest to us; and the way people live and love,
against all odds. At the heart of this story is the unforgettable,
indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who once again offers a profound,
lasting reflection on the mystery of existence. 'This is the way of life,' Lucy says. 'The many things we do not know until it is too late.'
'Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favourite writers, so the fact that Oh William!
may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for
joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a
miraculous achievement' Ann Patchett
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