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Olive Kitteridge

Strout, Elizabeth

(eBook - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Olive Kitteridge might be described by some as a battle axe or as brilliantly pushy, by others as the kindest person they had ever met. Olive herself has always been certain that she is 100% correct about everything - although, lately, her certitude has been shaken. This indomitable character appears at the centre of these narratives that comprise Olive Kitteridge. In each of them, we watch Olive, a retired schoolteacher, as she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life and the lives of those around her always with brutal honesty, if sometimes painfully. Olive will make you laugh, nod in recognition, as well as wince in pain or shed a tear or two. We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and her own son, tyrannised by Olive's overbearing sensitivities. The reader comes away, amazed by this author's ability to conjure this formidable heroine and her deep humanity that infiltrates every page
Publisher: [S.l.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2008
ISBN: 158836688X
9781588366887
Branch Call Number: 3M downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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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 27, 2015
  • AbbaSonHolySpirit rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I read in 2014.

Blah. Not at all in the same league as Alice Munroe. Is this a novel or a series of poorly connected short stories? Characters are not well defined at all and Olive herself is just miserable.

Nov 04, 2014
  • callaottawa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent excellent book. As good as Alice Munroe and that is high praise.

Sep 10, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Olive Kitteridge is a collection of thirteen well-crafted short stories, all set in small town Maine. Each story features the title character, some prominently and others just as a small cameo. Olive is a complex character, at times difficult and at times compassionate, but always very human. In this 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, every story has its rewards.

Sep 10, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had this book on my "to read" list forever and was thrilled when my book club selected it. I was not disappointed. It is beautifully written, with complex characters. It is a true portrait of many life struggles.

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.

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.

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Sep 08, 2010
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Dec 09, 2014
  • PimaLib_SherrieB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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