Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition – its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

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 to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.

Title:Olive Kitteridge
Edition Language:English
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    Olive Kitteridge Reviews

  • Scott Axsom

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I’ve struggled since to find the reasons why Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge struck me so deeply. So let me start by just saying; this book was a...

  • Nancy

    Posted at Shelf InflictedThis is a collection of stories about a group of ordinary people living in a small town in Maine, their joys, sorrows, tragedies and grief, all centered around the main charac...

  • Will Byrnes

    Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning collection of stories that constitute a novel. They are not as closely woven together as the multi-generational tales in works by Louise Erdrich, another w...

  • Matthew

    Well, this one did not go like I hoped it would . . . might be the first time I wish I could give zero stars. Remember, I do respect if you loved this book, but I must be honest about how it made me f...

  • Julie

    Today's the big day. . . my 500th review for Goodreads. Drum roll, please!Hmmm. . . No drum roll? No compensation? No accolades, either?Ah, hell. I don't care. I just want to read and write and read a...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    [UPDATED]I don't quite understand what the hubbub was about this book: it did after all get a Pulitzer and TV show. However, I felt that the writing was ok, the narration was interesting, but I never ...

  • Jim Fonseca

    As I write my review, I see that there are thousands of reviews already, so what can I add? Just this: Olive joins the ranks of depressing small town short stories, a long-running theme in American li...

  • Robin

    Oh bestill my heart. I am not worthy. I AM NOT WORTHY!How, in the name of all that is holy, does Elizabeth Strout do it? I mean, how does she create a book out of a collage of stories, linked by one e...

  • Jaline

    This novel is definitely about Olive Kitteridge: who she is, who she was, and most importantly, the “who” that she sees within herself.Her story is told through a series of connected stories: frie...

  • Tatiana

    I've listened to 4 stories out of 13 and I think I've had enough. This book should come with a Depressed Senior Citizen Characters warning. I am sure my impression of this book is colored by the awful...