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Olive Kitteridge

Strout, Elizabeth (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.
Authors: Strout, Elizabeth
Title: Olive Kitteridge
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 270 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Elizabeth Strout
Summary: At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.
ISBN: 0812971833
9781400062089
140006208X
Branch Call Number: FICTION STROUT
Subject Headings: Retired teachers Fiction City and town life Maine Fiction Maine Fiction
Topical Term: Retired teachers
City and town life
LCCN: 2007016999
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Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this book is a set of 13 interlinked short stories revolving around the character of Olive, a huge, harsh woman who careens around her small community “like an emotional stormtrooper.” It has humor, hope, and beautiful writing.

Who is Olive Kitteridge really?
Told through 13 short stories that present a snapshot of her life and character, we wonder does she know how others see her?

In the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through these interconnected short stories, 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 o... Read More »


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Jan 09, 2014
  • VPLlen rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The sense of petty self righteousness and anger in the main character made this a depressing read. Not a lot of happiness or joy that I could detect or even any sense of wonder at life. I wondered about half way if I should continue and I did but it wasn't very satisfying.

Dec 29, 2013
  • HannaBanana41 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable to read and a good story to get into. I liked the characters in it.

I enjoyed this style of "short stories" woven together for a novel. Olive Kitteredge is in everyone, beautifully written.

Jan 09, 2013
  • smc01 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Olive Kitteridge is an amazingly well drawn literary character. I will not soon forget her or many of the other people in this small New England town. The book is beautifully written.
Authors who can draw you in to characters, and make you care about them in one short chapter, are few and far between. Elizabeth Strout does just that.

Dec 17, 2012
  • cstein rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Different and artful without being showy or self-conscious.

Nov 12, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

Oct 19, 2012
  • dgrace rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book a lot. A cross between Margaret Laurence andn Alice Munro...two of my favourites.

Aug 20, 2012
  • banjodog rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Olive Kitteridge is a character whose life touches so many others in this small New England town. The novel is told through short stories focusing on different people living in the town. Beautifully written.

Aug 11, 2012
  • omam rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a great read. It was like reading a series of short stories, but I appreciated the common threads throughout them and the characters that appeared in more than one story. Depressing at times, but probably more true-to-life than most books.

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