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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 Powerful And Compassionate Than Ever Before, New York Times Best Selling Author Elizabeth Strout Binds Together Rich, Luminous Narratives Into An Audiobook 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 PeopleUSA TodayThe AtlanticThe Washington Post Book WorldSeattle Post IntelligencerEntertainment WeeklyThe Christian Science MonitorSan Francisco ChronicleSalonSan Antonio Express NewsChicago TribuneThe 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

8 thoughts on “Olive Kitteridge: Fiction

  1. BigBob BigBob says:

    Read by our small, friendly Book Group and found it split opinions down the middle which is great for lively discussion Some did not like the format of 13 short stories about people in the community 2 of which Olive was not even apparently relevant to.Not a cheerful book OK it is showing a community and how people s lives intertwine but surely some people could be happy too

  2. Peter Peter says:

    Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize Winner for fiction, which is breath taking in its beauty and eloquence The structure of the novel is 13 episodic stories, which provide a candid and searching insight into a small community in the coastal town of Crosby in Maine It would be unfortunate to race through the pages without savouring the atmosphere, the wonderful sense of time, and the rich array of fascinating characters that enhance the human relationships on display It takes the little breaks between stories to reflect on the mastery of prose and the observational expression of Elizabeth Strout.Olive Kitteridge is the indomitable presence throughout the book Some stories have the faintest mention of Olive while in others she impacts with the overbearing resolve of a woman that is determined to get what she wants Olive is rarely the focal point, but she acts as a magnet drawing each story to exist in her presence.Olive is an ex school teacher, a tall and often clumsy woman, but as the years progress she becomes big, her ankles puffed out, her shoulders rolled up behind her neck, and her wrists and hands seemed to become the size of a man s Olive minds of course she does sometimes, privately, she minds very much But at this stage of the game, she is not about to abandon the comfort of food, and that means right now she probably looks like a fat dozing seal wrapped in some kind of gauze bandage Olive has a formidable presence and a complexity that is intriguing and undefinable While she offers very little filter in her comments and consideration of others and thinks it ludicrous to cry at weddings, she cries when she sees a young anorexic girl, Nina Olive shook her head again, blew her nose She looked at Nina and said quietly, I don t know who you are, but young lady, you re breaking my heart I m not trying to, said Nina, defensively It s not like I can help it Oh, I know that I know Olive nodded The first story is a touching story of her husband, Harry, who is a pharmacist, and his relationship with a young married assistant who tragically loses her husband The relationship is subtly transformed from a platonic friendship to the delicate suggestion of deeper feelings as he allows himself to imagine what life would be like with this young woman The emotional conflict burdens him until he finally asks Olive if she would ever leave him Oh, for God s sake Henry You could make a woman sick she responds.Most of the following stories reverberate with a sense of betrayal You can feel the connection with the characters, laugh through incidents, be astounded by some events, nod in recognition with many, and shed a tear or two at others The writing is emotionally stimulating and reveals such vivid moments that give breath to sentiments you may not have been expecting.This is a wonderful reading experience, infused with beautiful prose, images and feelings that we all encounter or witness throughout our lives I would highly recommend this book The reason why I jumped to read this book after it sitting on my bookshelf for so long, was that the sequel, Olive, Again, is due for release on 31st October this year.

  3. Valderee Valderee says:

    I read a chapter of this book every morning while on holiday in Spain The character Olive dips in and out of the chapters I felt such empathy for her either putting her foot in it or saying just the right thing at the right time Based in a small town many characters are brought to life Sometimes you come across people in real life for brief periods and wish you could have spent time with them It s the same here A book I will reread in the future.

  4. Book fiend Book fiend says:

    It s beautifully written and some of the little detail in the descriptions is brilliant little vignettes of the sort of thing that you might notice in a flash and remember although it has no real relevance to a story Each chapter of the book tells its own story and they are inter connected in that Olive Kitteridge who features as the central figure in the first one appears in every other chapter to a greater or lesser degree and sometimes almost only as a passing character All the stories are set in one small community in America so, yes, it is American in style but not aggressively so You find yourself sympathising with some of the people but not all and you will have mixed feelings about Olive herself who is physically large and a slightly looming and forbidding personality, but she has been a teacher who commanded respect although she is herself emotionally vulnerable and unable to express herself It s not particularly a laugh out loud book though there are one or two things that will make you smile, but it s a brilliant portrait of a community and its inter relationships There are quite a lot of sadnesses but life is like that nobody s life is perfect A good read and a good one for a book club.

  5. Daniel Robinson Daniel Robinson says:

    How anyone, ever could come up with such a visceral, so cleverly put together novel is beyond me But I m so glad Elizabeth Strout did Story telling at it s absolute best Compassionate, hilarious, tragic, all of life s moments captured in a mind bogglingly intertwined wonderful way One of my favourite books ever.

  6. Sensible chic Sensible chic says:

    Olive is not a character that charms and delights but she is complex and interesting The other cast of characters are varied and you move back and forth between effortlessly due to the quality of the writing and development of their lives

  7. bopa bopa says:

    Probably the least enjoyable book I ve ever read Had read My name is Lucy Barton for a book group and although I found it an odd story thought I would give the author another try as there have been so many wonderful reviews about her and she had won the Pulitzer prize.Thought it a thoroughly miserable read Olive is not a pleasant woman who values no one but herself Very disjointed book Few connections between one chapter and the next The most positive thing I can say is that the characters in some chapters were interesting.My advice is don t bother with this book.

  8. JaneP JaneP says:

    Although well written, I didn t find as a whole that it hung together very well at all The ending was particularly disappointing did I miss something It was also depressing at times So, 3 stars for the good writing but if I were to score it as a complete story I would only give it 2.