Anything Is Possible (book)

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Anything Is Possible
First edition
AuthorElizabeth Strout
CountryUnited States
Set inAmgash, Illinois
PublisherRandom House
Media typePrint, e-book, audiobook
AwardsThe Story Prize
Preceded byMy Name Is Lucy Barton 

Anything Is Possible is a 2017 novel of related stories by Elizabeth Strout.[1][2] It returns to the fictional rural town of Amgash, Illinois, the protagonist's hometown in Strout's 2016 novel My Name Is Lucy Barton.[3]

Former U.S. President Barack Obama included Anything Is Possible in a list of the best books he read in 2017.[4]

It won The Story Prize, a book award for short story collections.[5]


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  1. ^ Senior, Jennifer (26 April 2017). "Elizabeth Strout's Lovely New Novel Is a Requiem for Small-Town Pain". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ McAlpin, Heller (April 25, 2017). "'Anything Is Possible' Is Unafraid To Be Gentle". NPR. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  3. ^ Jordison, Sam (25 September 2017). "Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout review – a moving return to the midwest". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  4. ^ Liptak, Kevin; Zaru, Deena (December 31, 2017). "Obama lists his favorite books, songs of 2017". CNN. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ John McMurtrie (February 28, 2018). "Elizabeth Strout wins Story Prize for 'Anything Is Possible". San Francisco Chronicle.