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Elizabeth Strout is the author of Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. She is on the faculty of the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lives in New York City.

Genres: Literary Fiction

Anthologies edited
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2000) : Amy and Isabelle
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2000) : Amy and Isabelle
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2000) : Amy and Isabelle
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2009) : Olive Kitteridge
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2016) : My Name is Lucy Barton
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2018) : My Name is Lucy Barton
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book nominee (2018) : Anything Is Possible

Elizabeth Strout recommends
Summer People (2007)
Brian Groh
"Just a delight to read."
The Privileges (2009)
Jonathan Dee
"Incredibly readable, intelligent, and incisive... Jonathan Dee takes us inside the world of what desire and wealth can do, and cannot do, for the self, the soul, and the family."
Fall (2009)
Colin McAdam
"A riveting story that breathlessly and beautifully swallows the reader."
The House on Oyster Creek (2010)
Heidi Jon Schmidt
"Expertly explores the complexities of domestic life and the tug of forbidden love."
The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay (2010)
Beverly Jensen
"The story of these two sisters, Idella and Avis, travels from Canada to New England, but mostly it travels through their lives and hearts, and it will travel through your heart as well."
Last Stories (2018)
William Trevor
"What a writer he was; he could flip over a sentence so gently, and showthe underbelly in a heartbeat. His work is always quietly compassionate."
The Grammarians (2019)
Cathleen Schine
"This is an utterly charming book, and yet more than that. It is a book of real people and their relationship--both to language and to each other. Fresh as a white sheet of paper, it is clean and lovely; an absolutely delightful read."
Apeirogon (2020)
Colum McCann
"This is a wondrous book. In an accretion of splendid detail, McCann writes with an amazing abundance of humanity as he describes the age-old story of inhumanity to man. The effect is absolutely staggering—it will bring you to your knees. Writing at the top of his game, McCann brings us a book that we sorely need. It left me hopeful; this is its gift. What a read!"
Barker House (2020)
David Moloney
"HERE is a voice to listen to! Moloney's voice is as true as a voice can be. Concise, with the right details rendered perfectly, these sentences come to the reader with marvelous straight forwardness, clean as a bone."
All Adults Here (2020)
Emma Straub
"A totally engaging and smart book about the absolutely marvelous messiness of what makes up family; a wonderful book."
Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket (2021)
Hilma Wolitzer
"Immensely gratifying, poignant, funny . Breathtaking."
Can You See the Wind? (2022)
Beverly Gologorsky
"Gologorsky looks straight into the face of class in this country, capturing the reverberations across generations of who really fight our wars, who really serves our coffee, who really gets up in the dark to wipe the diners' counters clean."

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