This is a marvelous book about human nature in all its forms. Strout’s simple and direct style is one of my favorites. The book is structured into linked stories from Lucy Barton’s town, a colourful mix of individuals with all sorts of lives and regrets mostly, looking for forgiveness and peace of mind. Strout has such a devout sense of reality, through all her words and phrases. I had the same feelings after reading My Name is Lucy Barton. Strout’s books may point towards growing up, yet highligting the importance of education and a simple life. Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.