By ANN LEVIN Associated Press
“Ah Guillaume! »By Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
Elizabeth Strout has written another voiceover novel, the third in a series of books about fiction writer Lucy Barton and the people she grew up with in a small town in rural Illinois.
“Ah Guillaume! Returns to the first-person perspective of the 2016 bestselling “My Name is Lucy Barton,” narrated by Lucy as she slowly recovers from what should have been routine surgery and her mother, whom she has been separated, comes to see her in New York.
A year later, Strout released “Anything Is Possible,” a collection of related third-person stories about characters from Lucy’s hometown Amgash, now reconciling their memories of her poor and abusive childhood with her short story. fame as a writer.
The new novel picks up on Lucy’s story when she is in her sixties. Her second husband has passed away and her first husband, with whom she has two grown daughters, turns to her for help when he begins to have night terrors. Around the same time, William’s much younger third wife leaves him and he discovers that his mother, whom he revered, has abandoned her first marriage and a baby girl to marry her father.
Lucy agrees to accompany him to Maine – the setting for Strout’s Olive Kitteridge stories – to find her stepsister, a journey that prompts her to reflect on their lives together and apart, and if she ever has it. really known – or, for that matter, herself.