I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK! At first I didn’t realize there were 13 narratives and I was confused when new characters were introduced seemingly disjointedly until Olive Kitteridge appears as a common thread. It is amazing how many people one life touches and how one person influences the lives of others – Olive Kitteridge shows us this. It helped remind me to be more patient and perceptive and to realize that each person has their own challenges and struggles which I can influence – positively or negatively. Always shoot for the POSITIVE!
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE 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.
- BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys.
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