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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Olive Kitteridge (2008)

by Elizabeth Strout

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Simply and beautifully written. Ordinary characters with ordinary lives who seem so real I half expect to bump into them at Publix. I considered giving up on it in the beginning because it can be sad and I avoid sad like the plague, but I'm glad I stayed with it. (And it doesn't end sad.) ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Strange ending! ( )
  Carolinejyoung | Feb 22, 2019 |
Well written, but the characters didn't catch my interest. ( )
  zilem | Jan 25, 2019 |
I used Amazon's review because I was not in love with this book. It had a crazy amount of good reviews but the main character, Olive, was not likable. Not even a little bit. I hated her even minute in this book. And then I watched the miniseries on HBO and she was equally awful on there. She wasn't nice to her husband (she cheated on him), she was terrible to her son, she didn't have any friends, she never wanted to be touched or hugged.....she was just a weirdo.



The story was long and drawn out over most of Olive's adult life. The book weaves in and out of her story and others and how she fits into their stories. You really had to pay attention.



There were good points to this book. Parts I really liked - especially if Olive wasn't the main focus. So you might like this book if you can get over Olive. Maybe you will view her differently. Feel for her in some way. I just couldn't bring myself to like her. ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
A really lovely book - the Midwest Reservoir 13. Every chapter stands alone as a dazzling short story, and they come together to form a charming bundle. I'm excited to see the HBO adaptation - and read the recently-announced sequel. ( )
  alexrichman | Dec 18, 2018 |
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Each of the 13 tales serves as an individual microcosm of small-town life, with its gossip, small kindnesses, and everyday tragedies. Not all the minor characters stand out the way Henry and Olive do, and there are a pile of them to keep straight by the end. I also couldn’t quite place how one story, “Ship in a Bottle,” meshed with the rest. But those are small flaws far outweighed by the book’s compassion and intelligence.
 
The pleasure in reading “Olive Kitteridge” comes from an intense identification with complicated, not always admirable, characters. And there are moments in which slipping into a character’s viewpoint seems to involve the revelation of an emotion more powerful and interesting than simple fellow feeling—a complex, sometimes dark, sometimes life-sustaining dependency on others.
 

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Burr, SandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castoldi, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my mother who can make life magical and is the best storyteller I know.
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For many years Henry Kitteridge was a pharmacist in the next town over, driving every morning on snowy roads, or rainy roads, or summertime roads, when the wild raspberries shot their new growth in brambles along the last section of town before he turned off to where the wider road led to the pharmacy.
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Olive had sat in her bedroom and wept like a baby, not so much for this country but for the city itself, which had seemed to her to become suddenly no longer a foreign, hardened place, but as fragile as a class of kindergarten children, brave in their terror.
She showed him the library built the year before Henry's stroke, with its cathedral ceilng and skylights. He looked at the books, and she wanted to say, "Stop that," as though he were reading her diary.
Who, who, does not have their basket of trips.
He wanted to put his arms around her, but she had a darkness that seemed to stand beside her like an acquaintance that would not go away. - "Pharmacy"
Angie... felt she had figured something out too late, and that must be the way of life, to get something figured out when it was too late. - "The Piano Player"
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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 of Crosby, Maine, 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 her husband 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 into a deeper understanding of herself and her life - sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.

Stories:
Pharmacy
Incoming Tide
The Piano Player
A Little Burst
Starving
A Different Road
Winter Concert
Tulips
Basket of Trips
Ship in a Bottle
Security
Criminal
River
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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.

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