Abide with Me (novel)
|March 14, 2006|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3569.T736 A64 2006|
|Preceded by||Amy and Isabelle|
|Followed by||Olive Kitteridge|
Abide with Me is a 2006 novel (ISBN 1-4000-6207-1) by Elizabeth Strout. It concerns a religious leader, struggling with the death of his wife. It is set in a small town in New England, during the 1950s.
Literary significance and reception
The novel received mixed reviews from critics. "The Washington Post said that while the novel is dark, it's strenuousness pays off with an ending that provides a useful solution to all of us who are struggling. Strout cradles her characters - with all their weaknesses - in a level of understanding that 'somehow.. feels like a foretaste of salvation.'  Atlantic Monthly said that "this lovely second novel confirms Strout as the possessor of an irresistibly companionable, peculiarly American voice: folksy, poetic, but always as precise as a shadow on a brilliant winter day." Publishers Weekly said in their review of Abide with Me that "the uplifting ending arrives too easily, but on the whole, Strout has crafted a harrowing meditation of exile on Main Street." Kirkus Reviews was critical of the book saying that "most of the characters in this novel are fundamentally bewildered, and many of them are quite bitter as well. The narrator's folksy tone does nothing to enliven this dispiriting story; the overall effect is rather like listening to a slightly cantankerous maiden aunt dispensing local gossip."
- Charles, Ron (April 2006). "Abide with Me". The Washington Post.
- O'neill, Joseph (April 2006). "ABIDE WITH ME". Atlantic Monthly. 297 (3): 101. ISSN 1072-7825.
- "Abide with Me". Publishers Weekly. 252 (41): 37. October 17, 2005. ISSN 0000-0019.
- "ABIDE WITH ME". Kirkus Reviews. 74 (1): 14–15. January 1, 2006. ISSN 0042-6598.
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