Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Oh William! (August 2022)

By Elizabeth Strout

August 8, 2022

Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read.  ‘William,’ she confesses, ‘has always been a mystery to me.’  Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years.

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret – one of those secrets that rearranges everything we think we know about the people closest to us.  In the story that follows we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together – the fears and insecurities, the simple joys and acts of tenderness – even after we’ve grown apart.

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