Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE * THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HBO MINISERIES STARRING FRANCES MCDORMAND, RICHARD JENKINS, AND BILL MURRAY

In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer's eyes, it's in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama-desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life-sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition-its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY
People * USA Today * The Atlantic * The Washington Post Book World * Seattle Post-Intelligencer * Entertainment Weekly * The Christian Science Monitor * San Francisco Chronicle * Salon * San Antonio Express-News * Chicago Tribune * The Wall Street Journal

"Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout's unforgettable novel in stories." --O: The Oprah Magazine

"Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge . . . . You'll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff." --USA Today

"Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her." -- San Francisco Chronicle

" Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch." --Entertainment Weekly

"Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air." --The New Yorker
ISBN: 9780812971835
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Strout / Olive

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saritaschwedes
Jan 20, 2020

Am I the only person who really DISLIKES this book? Every character is horrible in one way or another. I read half of the book then decided i couldn’t go any further.

I began reading this book with the preconceived notion that I was going to like it. I found it slow going and very depressing. Maybe I felt this way because I am middle aged. Maybe I felt this way because my middle aged boyfriend died this year. It was too real for me. I prefer something that I can use to escape reality and become part of in my mind. I did not want to be in this scenario because I am already there at 56. It was not for me. It was very well written though, and in that respect it deserved three stars.

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booknrrd
Nov 16, 2019

I started reading this years ago, and I can't remember now why I stopped, but with the release of Olive, Again, I knew I had to finish. I really enjoyed the book, especially the stories that I had read before. Standouts for me include "A Little Burst" and "Basket of Trips", but I could easily list at least 3 others.

The characters all feel like real people living real lives. I recommend this to people who like to read linked stories and don't mind a slower read and flawed characters. Olive, particularly, can be hard to like but at other times is capable of great empathy. Similar authors include Richard Russo, Kent Haruf, and Marilynne Robinson.

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betsymarzoni
Nov 03, 2019

Great stories about realistic people dealing with honest problems. So nice to read something centered on a woman of "mature years" that takes her and her emotions seriously.

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mickey8620
Oct 20, 2019

WOW.

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pamay2369
Oct 15, 2019

Saw her interviewed on PBS in Oct 2019. This was her Pulitzer prize book, location is coastal Maine.

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nngrey
Oct 12, 2019

https://bookmarks.reviews/reviews/olive-kitteridge/

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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

Very well-written; for once I could clearly understand something winning a Pulitzer! I came to appreciate Olive as a person more and more as the stories went on; I don't understand the reviews that describe her as such a hateful character. However, as much as I appreciated the author's skill, this will be one of those books I more admire and respect than enjoyed or have affection for.

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mnack_0
Jul 04, 2019

I love the character (maybe I love Frances McDormand's portrayal of her more?) Basically, the book is a collection of short stories about the people in Olive's small Maine town and Olive is a (very tenuous) connecting thread. Most of the stories are actually pretty depressive. Not particularly uplifting or inspiring. This is a case where the TV show is actually better than the original material that inspired it.

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pdellfitz
Apr 25, 2019

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ArapahoeSusanW Oct 08, 2016

A real downer about aging, marriage and New England made me reach for the helpline.

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closedbook
Jul 06, 2015

My life story.

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nreynolds Sep 08, 2010

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PimaLib_SherrieB Dec 09, 2014

An innocent, Olive thinks, gazing at this woman. A real one. You don't find them anymore. Boy, you do not.

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