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Elizabeth Strout


Elizabeth Strout is the author of Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. She is on the faculty of the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lives in New York City.
Anthologies edited
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel nominee (2000) : Amy and Isabelle
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction nominee (2000) : Amy and Isabelle

Elizabeth Strout recommends
Shifting Through Neutral
Shifting Through Neutral (2004)
Bridgett M Davis
"A wonderful and unique story of a father and his daughter. . . . There is a strange, compelling sweetness to the sorrow in this book, a poignancy that cuts incisively through the tender tissue of family love."
The Art of Uncontrolled Flight
The Art of Uncontrolled Flight (2005)
Kim Ponders
"Compelling and daringly honest, this story traverses the territory between childhood myths and a woman's experience of war."
Summer People
Summer People (2007)
Brian Groh
"Just a delight to read."
Fall (2009)
Colin McAdam
"A riveting story that breathlessly and beautifully swallows the reader."

In Envy Country (2010)
Joan Frank
"These stories each have a wonderful, intimate feel. . . . Written with authority and intelligence, they are layered and subtle . . . serious, and yet take us back to the sense of discovery; reading them is fun."

The Privileges (2010)
Jonathan Dee
"Incredibly readable, intelligent, and incisive... Jonathan Dee takes us inside the world of what desire and wealth can do, and cannot do, for the self, the soul, and the family."

The House on Oyster Creek (2010)
Heidi Jon Schmidt
"Expertly explores the complexities of domestic life and the tug of forbidden love."

The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay (2010)
Beverly Jensen
"The story of these two sisters, Idella and Avis, travels from Canada to New England, but mostly it travels through their lives and hearts, and it will travel through your heart as well."

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