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Maine Women Magazine: Strout, Again

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‘She honestly just showed up,’ Strout says. ‘I could see her in her car, nosing it into the marina.’ Olive had aged; she appeared to now be in her early 80s. ‘She was poking along with her cane. I just saw her so clearly that I thought, “OK, I guess I will have to write this down.’’”
— Mary Pols, Maine Women Magazine

I sat down for an interview with Mary Pols recently for the current issue of Maine Women Magazine.

Mary Pols, “Strout, Again,” Maine Women Magazine, July 31, 2019.

New Yorker Profile: Elizabeth Strout’s Long Homecoming

Strout has an aesthetic as spare as the white Congregational church, where her father’s funeral was held. The dramatic turns are understated — tone on tone — but the characters are nearly bursting with feeling. One of the central agonies of their lives tends to be an inability to communicate their internal state. It’s as if they needed Strout as an interlocutor.
— Ariel Levy, New Yorker
"Elizabeth Strout’s Long Homecoming"
Ariel Levy, The New Yorker, April 24, 2017