Abide With Me

Abide With Me

A Novel

Large Print - 2006
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In the small town of West Annett, Maine in the 1950's, the minister Tyler Caskey is still grieving two years after the death of his wife. One daughter, Jeannie is sent upstate to live with his overbearing mother. The other, Katherine has become antisocial. Tyler turns to his housekeeper Connie Hatch when her teacher suggests Katherine speak to the school counselor. This starts gossip about Katherine's stability and Tyler's possible affair with the housekeeper.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2006
Edition: 1st large print ed
Description: 434 p. (large print) ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780739325919
Branch Call Number: LP Stro


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Sep 06, 2020

My least favorite of this author, with whom I am unequivocally obsessed. I love her writing so much I’ve read it all, multiple times. And didn’t want to read anything else for a week after as I just wanted to savor living in her world.

This one cut me too deep. Little girls not being cared for, men being assholes to their wives, awful and self absorbed mothers, and small town gossip; somehow this would seem to make a perfect Elizabeth Strout story but this time it just made me really sad. And questioning why the world is so nasty to women and mothers. And religion. I don’t know where to begin on that one.

Wonderful writing, excellent plot twist at the end, horrible characters. Happy sh didn’t bring them back in a sequel because I’d force myself to read it and probably gain a few pounds trying to get through it through too much cookie and tea therapy.

Oct 24, 2019

Rainbow Library ,please for pick up

Nov 27, 2017

A man, a preacher in fact, struggling to understand his life, his marriage, his small children and at the same time be a source of strength to his parishioners. He's complex in many ways, but very innocent and naive in other ways, and that adds to his struggle. A good book, well-written and thoughtful.

Feb 06, 2017

Beautifully written story on a small town minister and his flock. Desperately trying to recover from the unexpected death of his wife he struggles to care for himself let alone those around him.

Mar 18, 2016

Another wonderful story by an author who can really see and depict the majesty, joy and sorrow in everyday life. Excellent.

madison382 Aug 02, 2015

This book was well written, enjoyed it very much.

Apr 20, 2013

I would love to hear from others who have read this book. I have so many questions about the story which I feel the author left unresolved. I can't get into them as it would be a spoiler but did anyone else feel this way?

Sep 18, 2012

I like this author and enjoyed this book very much.

Jul 14, 2012

I am surprised by the negative reviews. This is a subtle, poignant book; heart-wrenching a times to be sure, but never depressing. Strout writes so beautifully, yet so subtly, that it is easy to underestimate the power of her style. I highly recommend this, and everything she has written.

cgloden Aug 23, 2011

This book was horrible! I wish I could have stopped reading it a page in. Kept thinking it would get better but it didn't. So boring and depressing!!!

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Feb 06, 2011

Minister who has lost his wife struggles with grief and child raising

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