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Illuminating the Ordinary: Elizabeth Strout's Amgash Series with Katherine Montwieler

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Four Sessions Tuesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT March 14 to May 16, 2023

Online via Zoom

The ‘With Books’ option includes all titles required for this group at a 10% discount from our Bookstore. Please allow 2 weeks for shipped books to arrive.

Meeting Dates:
3/14, 4/4, 4/25, 5/16
Online via Zoom

We’ll read the four books in Elizabeth Strout’s Amgash series: My Name is Lucy Barton; Anything Is Possible; Oh William!; and Lucy by the Sea. Strout sets Lucy’s decades-long journey from the rural Midwest to sparkling, gritty New York and the cliffs of Maine in the context of grave personal tragedy and larger cultural events. Lucy Barton’s compassion, attention to detail, and wonder at the small miracles of daily existence distinguish her point of view, and we’ll attempt to understand how Lucy’s perspective, voice, and insights illuminate our current moment, the weight and legacy of inherited trauma, and our responsibilities to the people around us.

Special Guest: Author Elizabeth Strout will be making an appearance at two of this group’s meetings!


Led by

  • Katherine Montwieler

    Katherine Montwieler

    Katherine Montwieler

    Katherine Montwieler is a professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she currently serves as the Interim Chair of the Department of Theatre. Her publications include articles on Barrett Browning, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, and Jane Austen and editorials on Amy Klobuchar’s cooking, the legacy of The Feminine Mystique, and the appeal of Breaking Bad. Her book, A Companion to the Works of Elizabeth Strout, was published in September 2022 by Ohio University Press.