Abide with Me (novel)

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Abide with Me
First edition
Author Elizabeth Strout
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
March 14, 2006
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 304 pages
ISBN 1-4000-6207-1
OCLC 60669148
813/.54 22
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.

Literary significance and reception[edit]

The novel received mixed reviews from critics. 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."[1] 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."[2] 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."[3]


  1. ^ O'neill, Joseph (April 2006). "ABIDE WITH ME". Atlantic Monthly. 297 (3): 101. ISSN 1072-7825. 
  2. ^ "Abide with Me". Publishers Weekly. 252 (41): 37. October 17, 2005. ISSN 0000-0019. 
  3. ^ "ABIDE WITH ME". Kirkus Reviews. 74 (1): 14–15. January 1, 2006. ISSN 0042-6598.