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Elizabeth Strout is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for Olive Kittredge which was published in 2008. In 2019, she published a second book about this character entitled Olive, Again. Her novels are set primarily in rural Maine where she is still a part-time resident, although she now maintains a home in NYC with her second husband. Strout’s books are insightful, her characters engaging, and she is a delight to read. In our course, we will read My Name is Lucy Barton as well as the very end of the story, Oh, William! In addition, we will read a novel entitled The Burgess Boys which is about two brothers who are lawyers. This gives the author an opportunity to share some insights from her Syracuse University Law School experience as well as her brief stint at the practice of law. We will start the course with a wonderful essay from The New Yorker issue of May 1, 2017, entitled, “A Long Homecoming” by Ariel Levy.
Required Reading: My Name is Lucy Barton; Oh, William!; The Burgess Boys
Marcia Tannenbaum is a longtime WISE instructor with a broad range of interests in literature. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English Language and Literature from Simmons University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Connecticut School of Law
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