Publisher: Random House
Pub Date: 10/19/2021
4 / 5
This is book three in the life of Lucy Barton. Although I haven’t read any of this series, I’ve read other Strout books and I fell in love with her sharp, honest, and conversational way of writing. 𝗢𝗵 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗺! certainly follows that formula to a tee.
Lucy is now in her sixties and grieving the loss of her second husband David. But Lucy is still friendly with her first husband, William, and suddenly she finds her life rotating around him once again.
William has remarried, wife number three for him, but he is having night terrors that center around his mother. And Lucy was really the only wife who knew his mother well. So Lucy and William investigate this a little deeper, together.
What I loved about this book was that Lucy is telling you the story. And she will digress and say, “that’s all I want to say about that now,” but of course, she will tell you more later, or right then and there. It’s like sitting across the table with an old friend who is catching you up on their life. And she lets you in on her most intimate thoughts.
Oh William! is also a very pensive tale. Lucy feels invisible; actually she says she literally is invisible in this world (which isn’t true). But by the story’s end, I think she realizes that we all have a sense of aloneness, for can we truly be known by another?
Thank you to @randomhouse for this gifted digital arc.