The authorBorn in Portland, Maine Elizabeth Strout grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. She attended Bates College and graduated with a degree in English in 1977. At Syracuse University College she earned her law degree along with a Certificate in Gerontology. She started working in Legal services but soon became an adjunct in the English Department of Borough of Manhattan Community College. In 1998 her first novel was published. She is living in New York. For more information visit http://elizabethstrout.comThe reviewI took a day to think about my feelings on this book. I picked it up cause several of my GR friends rated it high and as a must read. I can understand why they did that but this book was just not for me. I had a hard time getting into it. I missed the logic in the book and by the time I was catching up with the one person the chapter was over and I had to get used to another person. I did finish the book. Most of the book I was telling myself that it must get better because I could not believe a story like this would get so much praise and it was not that bad.I think I missed out on the whole meaning behind this story and the way it hangs together. Therefore two stars from me. Before you pick it up read the reviews and see if you will be able to get the story otherwise 284 pages can be a struggle.