Oh William!

Oh William!

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/05/2022
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Oh William!
Believe The Hype - Strout Delivers
I should mention, All the admiration and affection lavished on this author’s writing is absolutely deserved. If you’re late, as I was, to board the Eliza... READ MORE
Steve at Trafalgar Square

Synopsis

Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022

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 partnership.

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.'

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241992210
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 21g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 18 mm

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Oh William!
Good read
Very enjoyable read. The final story in the trilogy about Lucy Barton. A story of love, tolerance and understanding and success over adversity. I’ve enj... READ MORE
Pauline Guppy
Oh William!
Simply superb!
I love all of Elizabeth Strout's writing, the Lucy Barton books in particular, and 'Oh William!' (Penguin Random House, 2021) is no exception. If anything,... READ MORE
Laura Besley
Oh William!
A Plodding Bore
It was bound to happen. Amid all the diamonds in this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist there had to be, perhaps not a lump of clay, but a chipped rhineston... READ MORE
S Anderson
Oh William!
I really wanted to love Lucy but it was not to be
I really wanted to love this book, so many others have . However, Lucy and William just gave me a headache! Maybe I should have read her earlier books firs... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
Oh William!
Plodding and Passive
It was bound to happen. Amid all the diamonds in this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist there had to be, perhaps not a lump of clay, but a chipped rhineston... READ MORE
S Anderson
Oh William!
Quiet and short novel set mainly in NEW YORK
I have long been a fan of Elizabeth Strout’s work because of her gently evocative storytelling. In this novel her character Lucy Barton is reflecting upon ... READ MORE
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