Oh William by Elizabeth Strout is an epic contemporary read that consumes from the start. It is the third book in the Amgash series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The book is written in the first person as we learn about a life and a relationship with an ex-husband. Although their relationship ended years ago, their friendship remained and they support each other through all the seasons of life. William, in his later years, is very dependent on his ex-wife to keep his loneliness away.
We hear about the highs and lows of life. There is also a search for roots. We all want to know where we come from and how we fit in within the family.
There is a tension is previous years as William’s father was German and in the Hitler youth before becoming a POW and going to America.
Oh William is a gentle book in tone that looks backwards to relationships whilst maintaining a friendship.
I received a free copy via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.