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Oh William! - Elizabeth Strout

Oh William! - Elizabeth Strout

Title: Oh William!

Author:  Elizabeth Strout

ISBN:  9780241508176

Weight:  632 g

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Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

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.’

Peer & Press Reviews

Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favourite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy.  The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement.

Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House

Loneliness and betrayal, themes to which the Pulitzer Prize–winning Strout has returned throughout her career, are ever present in this illuminating character-driven saga…  Strout’s characters teem with angst and emotion, all of which [she] handles with a mastery of restraint and often in spare, true sentences…  It’s not for nothing that Strout has been compared to Hemingway.  In some ways, she betters him.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A majestic book.  I do not know any other writer who can portray life in this way.

Rachel Joyce, author of Miss Benson’s Beetle

Bibliographic Info

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Title Oh William!
Book Features
Edition / printing Exclusive first edition, first printing
Edition background This exclusive edition has quarter-bound boards (blue cloth), and blue decorative head and tail bands.  Issued by the Viking imprint of Penguin Random House, the number of copies in this edition is unknown.
Cover note There is a ‘signed copy’ sticker (see image) on the front of the cover.  As the paper used for the cover has a textured, coated finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)

On a signature page tipped-in after the front free endpaper.

(Printed on this page is the phrase ‘Exclusive signed edition’, the name of the author, the month and year of publication, and the names of the imprint and publisher.)

Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Viking
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241508176
Format Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages 237
Size (h x w x d) 205 x 135 x 22mm
Image and Design Credits
Cover illustration Gill Heeley

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