A number of my characters I have visually been able to take back to my work table from the subway. It’s not that they were doing anything, but something in their physicality made me say ‘there she is.’
— Elizabeth Strout
"Elizabeth Strout has ‘always stared at strangers’" Christopher Burns Wilton Bulletin March 31, 2014
Whatever is exposed, I don’t feel bad about that because I know was writing about it from love. Not that you have to, but I am just saying, that is how I work.
— Elizabeth Strout
"Novelist Elizabeth Strout follows her way" Mary Pols Portland Press Herald March 30, 2014
Elizabeth's The Burgess Boys has been longlisted for the UK's Bailey's Women's Prize 2014 (formerly the Orange Prize).
Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges, says: “This is a fantastic selection of books of the highest quality – intensely readable, gripping, intelligent and surprising – that you would want to press on your friends, and the judges have been doing just that.”
The judges must now whittle these 20 books to six, before choosing an overall winner to be announced on 4th June 2014.
Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Announce the 2014 Longlist Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction News blog March 7, 2014
For Italian readers, an interview with Elizabeth in il Fatto Quotidiano:
Elizabeth Strout ha il dono di trasformare donne normali, donne qualsiasi, in personaggi eccezionali. In Olive Kitteridge la protagonista è un’insegnante di provincia. In Amy e Isabelle, Isabelle è una segretaria qualunque e Amy un’adolescente piena di paure come tante. In Resta con me, Tyler è un reverendo di un piccolo paese del Maine e Connie una domestica. Anche I ragazzi Burgess è la storia di gente comune, Susan e Helen sono madri che hanno vissuto per i figli e basta, Bob e Jim due fratelli in competizione come migliaia di altri. Eppure è proprio da questo nucleo di normalità che la Strout tira fuori grandi storie e figure potenti, indimenticabili.
Elizabeth Strout: 'Disegnate i protagonisti dovete poterli vedere' Caterina Bonvicini il Fatto Quotidiano December 9, 2013