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In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout 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. And eating, sleeping, and working side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls doesn't help matters. But when Amy is discovered behind the steamed-up windows of a car with her math teacher, the vast and icy distance between mother and daughter becomes unbridgeable.

As news of the scandal reaches every ear, it is Isabelle who suffers from the harsh judgment of Shirley Falls, intensifying her shame about her own secret past. And as Amy seeks comfort elsewhere, she discovers the fragility of human happiness through other dramas, from the horror of a missing child to the trials of Fat Bev, the community peacemaker. Witty and often profound, Amy and Isabelle confirms Elizabeth Strout as a powerful new talent.

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In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout 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. And eating, sleeping, and working side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls doesn't help matters. But when Amy is discovered behind the steamed-up windows of a car with her math teacher, the vast and icy distance between mother and daughter becomes unbridgeable.

As news of the scandal reaches every ear, it is Isabelle who suffers from the harsh judgment of Shirley Falls, intensifying her shame about her own secret past. And as Amy seeks comfort elsewhere, she discovers the fragility of human happiness through other dramas, from the horror of a missing child to the trials of Fat Bev, the community peacemaker. Witty and often profound, Amy and Isabelle confirms Elizabeth Strout as a powerful new talent.

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When Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student, falls in love with her math teacher, the love affair threatens the intimate relationship between Amy and her mother, Isabelle, whose feelings are influenced by the shame of her own past. A first novel. 100,000 first printing. Reprint.

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.

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Toni Hanner, November 25, 2014 (view all comments by Toni Hanner)
Strout's characters are so real you want to enter the book's pages and shake them, say "don't you see what you are doing to each other?" Amy and Isabelle are so mutli-dimensional it hurts. Each fine layer of each woman's character is totally justified by circumstance and culture. The third character in this book is the small town of Shirley Falls (and O what a wonderful name that is). The people of Shirley Falls move in and out of the lives of Amy and Isabelle, each one changing things just a little. Some seem central to their lives but turn out to have been false idols. Others seem peripheral and turn out to be at the heart of the book and Amy's and Shirley's lives. I would have to read Olive Kitteridge again to decide which is the better book (and I will), but Strout is a master and I am astonished at her skill and heart.
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Teresa Borden, May 9, 2010 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
This story of a mother and daughter in their journey through a year of difficult realizations of who they really are is amazingly interwoven with exquisite descriptions of the weather and the seasons in a small New England town. The tension and suspense of what has happened is revealed slowly, in a way that keeps the reader totally engaged and wanting more. Any mother of an eager-to-please-Mommy child transformed into a willful and ultimately unknowable teen will be drawn into this story, however uncomfortable some of the issues that arise may be.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375705199
Author:
Strout, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In
Subject:
High school teachers
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Single mothers
Subject:
Sexual ethics for teenagers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Illegitimate children
Subject:
Sexual harassment in education.
Subject:
Sexual consent.
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Subject:
Film and Television-Novelization
Subject:
fiction;mothers and daughters;coming of age;new england;relationships;maine;family;novel;literary fiction;sexuality;adolescence;contemporary fiction;single mothers;mother-daughter relationships;teenagers;women;american;orange prize;small town;contemporary
Subject:
fiction;mothers and daughters;coming of age;new england;relationships;maine;family;novel;literary fiction;sexuality;adolescence;contemporary fiction;single mothers;mother-daughter relationships;teenagers;women;american;orange prize;small town;contemporary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
no. FPT00-01
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.7 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375705199 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , National Bestseller

In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout 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. And eating, sleeping, and working side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls doesn't help matters. But when Amy is discovered behind the steamed-up windows of a car with her math teacher, the vast and icy distance between mother and daughter becomes unbridgeable.

As news of the scandal reaches every ear, it is Isabelle who suffers from the harsh judgment of Shirley Falls, intensifying her shame about her own secret past. And as Amy seeks comfort elsewhere, she discovers the fragility of human happiness through other dramas, from the horror of a missing child to the trials of Fat Bev, the community peacemaker. Witty and often profound, Amy and Isabelle confirms Elizabeth Strout as a powerful new talent.

"Synopsis" by , When Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student, falls in love with her math teacher, the love affair threatens the intimate relationship between Amy and her mother, Isabelle, whose feelings are influenced by the shame of her own past. A first novel. 100,000 first printing. Reprint.
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