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
Ancora una volta New England, ancora una volta il Maine, ancora una volta nei dintorni di Shirley Falls, la cittadina immaginaria già teatro delle vicende di "Amy e Isabelle".
È come se fosse ovattata questa storia, come se tutto, i suoni, i colori, le parole, fossero attutiti dalla neve che copre come una fredda coperta il paesaggio circostante, da quei fiocchi bianchi come denti di leone che cadevano dal cielo che ammantano le strade di West Annett.
Eppure, questo, è forse il più duro dei tre ro ...more
I am amazed by Elizabeth Strout's ability to write such real stories with real, flawed characters. It's almost refreshing to see that there's not a cut-and-dry good guy or bad guy, that characters are struggling with themselves and each other. This story was somewhat maddening in the complete lack of compassion that was given by the townspeople to the minister and his family, but, again, that seems to be a product of the times where you're expected to put up a front for the outside world, and pe ...more
Краще за Yuliya Yurchuk я не скажу -
"Страут вміє писати саме так, як мені подобається, це я можу точно сказати! Та я можу зрозуміти тих, хто просто фізично не може її читати, бо занадто вже бере за живе, бо все саме так як в житті, може, не у вашому, але точно у когось, кого ви знаєте, це боляче, бо впізнаються такі трагічні речі, про які краще не думати. В цій книжці розповідається історія ще молодого священника, у якого помирає дружина і він залишається з двома маленькими доньками, одна з яки ...more
I loved Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, which I read earlier this year, and was eager to get my hands on Elizabeth Strout's other books. Abide with Me takes place in the same small town in Maine where Amy and Isabelle (another Strout novel) is set, and centers on Tyler Caskey, a young minister whose family has been upended by the death of his wife. His baby daughter now lives with his domineering mother, his other daughter is at home with him, but has problems he feels unequipped to handle. ...more
I had the strange sense of having already read this novel. I think it is because it felt so similar to Gilead. A preternaturally wise minister in a small semi-rural congregation, a wife that is met by chance when she visits the church and who is ill matched to the expectations of a preacher’s wife, children that he desperately loves but with whom he is not quite connected, a congregation of gossips and small-minded complainers that challenges his message of an infinitely loving God. Of course, g ...more
Back in the day when Americans built bomb shelters, when the wives of small town ministers were expected to forego red lipstick, and when school administrators hammered every misbehaving child with Freud's new Oedipus theories, thing were not easy. This was not the simple time in our nation's past that TV commercials today portray. Was anything ever simple? I don't think so.
A young, newly widowed father believes in simple things, though. That we should think of others before ourselves. That God ...more
Elizabeth Strout's "Abide with Me" is once again set in a small, lonely area of northern New England. In the late 1950s, in a small town in Maine, not too far from Shirley Falls, where “Amy and Isabelle” was situated, is where Tyler Caskey and his wife have come to serve. His joy in his new calling as a minister to this town is only exceeded by his joy in his recent marriage to his lovely bride.
While Tyler loves their life in West Annett, the beauty of the winters and the summers only serve to ...more
Every novel is about a crisis of faith -- in one's self, one's partner, one's prospects -- but novels about religious leaders often portray crisis in explicitly spiritual terms, and that can be hell. Too often, churchy language forces the rich ambiguity of good fiction to get "left behind." Lately, though, a few novels full of Christian faith have managed to transcend sectarian piety and speak to a large, diverse audience. Each year welcomes another splendid novel into the fold: Gail Godwin's "E ...more