Summer Reading B2G1 Free
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | July 15, 2015

    Frank Wilczek: IMG You Are... Who?



    Writing a book is an unnatural act of communication. Speaking to a person, or even to an audience, is an interaction. Very different styles are... Continue »
    1. $20.97 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$6.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Amy and Isabelle

by

Amy and Isabelle Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love         between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past. In a fury, she lashes out at her daughter's beauty and then retreats into outraged silence. Amy withdraws, too, and mother and daughter eat, sleep, and even work side by side but remain at a vast, seemingly unbridgeable distance from each other.

          

This conflict is surrounded by other large and small dramas in the town of Shirley Falls--a teenage pregnancy, a UFO sighting, a missing child, and the trials of Fat Bev, the community's enormous (and enormously funny and compassionate) peacemaker and amateur medical consultant. Keeping Isabelle and Amy as the main focus of her sharp, sympathetic eye, Elizabeth Strout attends to them all. As she does so, she  reveals not only her deep affection for her characters, both serious and comic, but her profound wisdom about the human condition in general. She makes us care about these extraordinary ordinary people and makes us hope that they  will find a way out of their often self-imposed emotional exile.

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"Unflaggingly engaging....What a pleasure to gain entry into the world of this book." New Yorker

About the Author

Born in Portland, Maine, Elizabeth Strout now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. She has been teaching literature and writing at Manhattan Community College for ten years and has also taught writing at the New School. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375501340
Author:
Strout, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
New England Fiction.
Subject:
Sexual consent -- New England -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.57x6.63x1.12 in. 1.35 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The Fortress of Solitude
    Used Hardcover $6.50
  2. The Doctor's Daughter Used Hardcover $4.95
  3. The Hours
    Used Trade Paper $3.50
  4. Revolutionary Road
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  5. An Invisible Sign of My Own
    Sale Trade Paper $7.98
  6. Soul Mountain
    Used Hardcover $4.95

Related Subjects

» Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Novelization
» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Amy and Isabelle Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.50 In Stock
Product details 304 pages Random House Trade - English 9780375501340 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Unflaggingly engaging....What a pleasure to gain entry into the world of this book."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.