Review 1739: Oh William!

In Oh William! we meet again Elizabeth Strout’s alter ego, Lucy Barton. Lucy’s second husband David has recently died. She considers her own grief in addition to the state of mind of her first husband, William, who begins to experience some shocks in life.

First, William’s third wife, Estelle, leaves him abruptly. Then William begins to find out some family secrets, particularly about his mother, Catherine. Lucy, who has remained on good terms with William, reflects upon her relationships with him, Catherine, and her own family as she tries to help him.

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As usual, the story, which is told as a series of apparently random recollections and incidents, is written in lovely prose. What stands out for me even more than that in the Lucy Barton books is Lucy’s gentleness and the loving, accepting way she approaches the world and the other characters. Although Strout’s novels are not strongly plot driven, once you start one, you just want to keep reading.

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4 thoughts on “Review 1739: Oh William!

    • whatmeread October 19, 2021 / 10:00 am

      I pretty much love everything by Strout.

      • Davida Chazan October 19, 2021 / 11:24 am

        Well, I didn’t care too much for Olive… But… I love Lucy!

      • whatmeread October 19, 2021 / 11:32 am

        I liked Olive. She was just brusque, but she helped many people.

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