You know that thing where you go your whole life not hearing a name, and then suddenly, you hear it everywhere. ‘Elizabeth Strout‘ did that to me. I don’t know where I was in 2009 when she won the Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kitteridge, or a couple of years ago when HBO made it into a miniseries. I think her name may have seeped into my consciousness with last year’s My Name Is Lucy Barton, but not properly. Now, she is everywhere for me; being interviewed in the Saturday paper, in bookshop window displays and most recently, on my e-reader with Anything Is Possible.
Anything Is Possible is a remarkable book – it’s collection of nine stories but I wouldn’t say it’s a short story collection.