Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

Amy and Isabelle

By Elizabeth Strout

  • Release Date: 2000-02-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 142 Ratings
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In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout evokes a teenager's alienation from her distant mother—and a parent's rage at the discovery of her daughter's sexual secrets. In most ways, Isabelle and Amy are like any mother and her 16-year-old daughter, a fierce mix of love and loathing exchanged in their every glance. That they eat, sleep, and work side by side in the gossip-ridden mill town of Shirley Falls only increases the tension. And just when it appears things can't get any worse, Amy's sexuality begins to unfold, causing a vast and icy rift between mother and daughter that will remain unbridgeable unless Isabelle examines her own secretive and shameful past.


  • Amy & Isabelle

    By eggEggbaby
    Elizabeth Strout's fluid style captures the complex relationship of a mother and daughter coming-of -age in Maine. I must note that the scene in which Mother angrily chops off her daughter's hair seems to be directly lifted from "Mommie Dearest"; whether Strout is aware of this is unknown. Otherwise, a nice read.
  • Amy and Isabel

    By Oliver Jacobs
    This remarkable novel highlights the darkest and most brilliant moments of a mother-daughter relationship that withstand the personal and interpersonal growth of two beautiful women and the community/family that accompanies them on their journey.
  • Amy and Isabelle

    By Sly gray
    I could not put this book down. All the characters in the book were believable and the reader could feel their pain and sorrow. The author described feelings and emotions of the characters so well. Excellent!