Anything Is Possible (audiobook)

A Novel

8.5 hrs • 7 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 04/25/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 04/25/17 9781524774905
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AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books We Love

An April 2017 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick for May 2017

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author’s celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout’s place as one of America’s most respected and cherished authors.

Review Quotes

“In an impressive encore performance of Strout’s prose, Kimberly Farr successfully mines the essence of each flawed character, giving hope and pain equal billing without succumbing to theatrics…Farr’s presence melts into the background, allowing the stories themselves to take center stage. This is an audiobook to get lost in. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Smart and soulful.”


“A generous, wry book about everyday lives, and Strout crawls so far inside her characters you feel you inhabit them.”

USA Today (4 stars)

“Nine linked stories…follow a cast of interconnected characters who negotiate their desires and pain, and move past traumas…Thick with details and even more profound in its rendering of the ways we save, or fail to save, one another.”

New York Times

“With assuredness, compassion, and utmost grace, her words and characters remind us that in life anything is actually possible.”

San Francisco Chronicle
In Elizabeth Strout’s Anything Is Possible, her stunning follow-up to My Name Is Lucy Barton, a famous author returns to the Midwestern hometown of her childhood, touching off a daisy-chain of stories narrated by those who knew her—memories of trauma and goodwill, resentments small and large, and the ever-widening gulf between haves and have-nots. Strout, always good, just keeps getting better.VogueIn this wise and accomplished book, pain and healing exist in perpetual dependence, like feuding siblings.Wall Street JournalAnything Is Possible confirms Strout as one of our most grace-filled, and graceful, writers. Boston GlobeAnything Is Possible keenly draws a portrait of a small town where options are few, where everyone’s business is everyone’s business, and where verdicts rendered while young follow you your whole life. . . . It joins a vast genre, and elevates it.Minneapolis Star TribuneAnything Is Possible is a stunner. It is unblinking in its psychological portrayals of a cast of characters raised in socially impaired households in a small, Northern Illinois community. . . . A score of major and minor characters are drawn in such rich, crisp detail that they sear the heart. . . . Strout’s gifts as a storyteller are evocative of Edward Hopper’s captured moments of American life. Like Hopper, in Anything Is Possible, Strout leaves impressions you’ll not soon forget.Portland Press HeraldWhile we recommend everything by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer—like, say her recent book My Name Is Lucy Barton—this novel, which explores life’s complexities through interconnected stores, stands on its own. . . . It’s a joy to read a modern master doing her thing.Marie ClaireAmgash, Illinois, will be familiar to Elizabeth Strout fans as the hometown of the protagonist of her 2016 novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton. In Anything Is Possible . . . Lucy’s legend looms large . . . but no prior reading is required to enjoy Strout’s powerful writing and empathy.Real SimpleThe epic scope within seemingly modest confines recalls Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Olive Kitteridge, and her ability to discern vulnerabilities buried beneath bad behavior is as acute as ever. Another powerful examination of painfully human ambiguities and ambivalences—this gifted writer just keeps getting better.Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The thickly interwoven strands of these stories lend the collection the emotional weight of a novel…Strout is masterfully adept at creating believable characters.”