Monday, November 22, 2021
Marriage. The depth of insight about marriage throughout Elizabeth Strout’s novel titled, Oh William!, will arrive to readers like a slowly rising tide. No one moment ratchets up the insight, but before we notice, we are in deep water. Strout reprises her complex protagonist, Lucy Barton, from two previous novels, and places her in a situation involving her first husband, William, as she grieves the death of her beloved second husband. William’s recent losses have been sudden and despite their separation, there is no one else who understands Lucy and William as well as they know each other, for better and for worse. Readers roam in the inner spaces of these characters as we observe the way they present themselves to the world and recognize the disconnections that are familiar to all of us. Readers with experience of marriage are those most likely to savor all the wisdom and insight in this finely written novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Oh William from amazon.com.