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The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby Maine Whether with a teenager comin. Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature of our shared condition and she reminds us that life is full of a struggle of some kind for pretty much all of us In Crosby Maine you ll find characters dealing with loneliness infidelity alcoholism sickness aging death regrets so many regrets Thankfully there also is friendship and love and empathy that Olive Kittridge finds within herself to give because the truths about life are dauntingly sad at times More than once I stopped between stories to take a breath This is Crosby Maine the small coastal town where our old friend Olive Kittridge lives In reality it could be anywhere but of course it wouldn t be the same unless Olive was there She ll tell you exactly what she thinks about you in brutally honest words She s not the best wife or mother and honestly she can be pretty brash but it becomes obvious though that in spite of the things she says she cares I found at times her softer side her vulnerable side that aren t alway evident I can t say I liked Olive very much when I started reading Olive Kitteridge but by the end of that book I realized how many people she had positively impacted as a teacher and as a neighbor And by the end of this book I thought how lucky some of these characters were to have Olive in their lives and I felt for Olive as she endures her own challengesAs in the first book Strout skillfully weaves separate stories together with Olive as the thread but these books for me felt like novels On the one hand it s Olive s story as she reaches her seventies and eighties She s older and maybe a little self aware but always trying to understand herself She s the center of a number of the stories and we come to know about her as she comes to know about herself Some of the stories will give you that gut punch when Olive comes to painful moments of recognition about her family her friends and acuaintances and of course herself In some of the stories she makes a real connection and engages with another character and only makes an appearance in others Crosby and this book are populated with realistic characters including Olive who are filled with fears flaws frailties that are easily recognizable in ourselves What can I say about the writing other than its impeccable I felt the pull of these characters from the opening lines of pretty much every story Strout is a fabulous story teller and is on my list of favorite writers I definitely recommend that Olive Kitteridge be read first in order to fully appreciate the place in her life where Olive has come at the end of this book I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley Mercator iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her Pasos perdidos en Granada in the town of Crosby Maine Whether with a teenager comin. 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Er who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us to move us and to inspire moments of transcendent grac. 45 stars rounded upElizabeth Strout is just a fabulous writer Her ability to weave together a diverse group of characters always fascinates me Her books are a blend between short stories and a novel While I m not a fan of short stories her books always work for me the way each chapter links to the next in its own weird way Olive Again returns us to Crosby Maine Olive and her cronies are now in their 70s and looking back on their lives as much as forward I felt an alliance with Olive She s not tactful although she s trying harder And she s not at ease She struggles to find common ground with her own son let alone his wife and their children As she moves through her old age she finds a way to make things work She becomes accepting I saw both myself and my parents reflected in Olive s efforts to navigate the whole aging process Strout makes every character not just Olive seem fully formed and real This is a small town and while it seems not much happens the book speaks to life in all its variations It was such a rich story it totally drew me in My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book

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G to terms with the loss of her father a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush or a lawy. Introspection Olive Again is a novel that is boldly observant honest and searches for apperception The story of the indomitable Olive Kitteridge follows on two years after her husband Henry s death Olive is a little introspective on how she as a person her behaviour and relationships have evolved as she ages into her eighties especially as she experiences loss and loneliness Two years after Henry s death Olive starts a relationship with Jack Kennison which is touching and meaningful Jack is also a widower with some history where an unfortunate affair and dubious sexual assault claim with a colleague ended his career as a Professor at Harvard University Jack s relationship with Olive develops and while it creates new possibilities and feelings it opens the door on how they behaved towards their respective spouses How they both missed them and how they feel about each other It also sparks the realisation that people hide emotions and worries they can t explain which subconsciously agitates prejudices towards the world Olive is a person who doesn t step reservedly into how she perceives the world and how uick she is to comment about people in it As Jack notes People either didn t know how they felt about something or they chose never to say how they really felt about something And this is why he missed Olive Kitteridge Olive uncloaks her deepest disuieting memories and reflects for the first time that she may have contributed to the broken or strained relationships she had especially with Henry and her son Christopher Considering her marriage to Henry she reflects that as the years passed the distant her heart became and the needier his became Wondering about her son s marriage Olive catches a glimpse of some hidden moments The door to their relationship slightly opening Peering into the interior and seeing what she was not meant to see Her son had married his mother This was how Olive had behaved to her husband not realising that she herself had raised a motherless son The novel delivers what a special book does beyond entertainment it creates the scope to connect the writing to our own stories or those not far away It enables us to view issues through a different lens and wonder are these the events we couldn t face or appreciate We push these notions into the darkest corners of our mind and wrestle with them when we let them loose Several are let loose in this novel with outcomes of remorse pain heartbreak and guilt While I felt the first book had an overarching theme of betrayal this book searches for understanding and resolution and uses various threads to provide amazing glimpses into the difficulties people face in life especially with the burden of illness family misunderstandings or psychological trauma The scenarios are intriguing and captivating and along with beautiful prose and astounding characterisations this book is a joy to read I felt this book was slightly better than the first It was much less a work of short stories and a solid narrative of Olive with threads that expand around herThis is one of my favourite books of the year and it certainly didn t disappoint after the long wait for the seuel I highly recommend reading this book and I d like to thank Penguin Books Viking and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review

  • Hardcover
  • 289
  • Olive Again
  • Elizabeth Strout
  • English
  • 07 July 2019
  • 9780812996548

About the Author: Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the author of several novels including Abide with Me a national bestseller and BookSense pick and Amy and Isabelle which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and was a finalist for the PENFaulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England In she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her book Olive Kitteri.



10 thoughts on “Olive Again

  1. says:

    Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature of our shared condition and she reminds us that life is full of

  2. says:

    No one can write like the incomparable Elizabeth Strout her understanding of what it is to be human and penetrate the beating heart of what comprises a community has a universality that cannot fail to resonate with the reader sometimes perhaps uncomfortably so in the truths it lays bare such as the physically and emotionally taxing

  3. says:

    Powerful emotional truthfulness and unforgettable narrative Brilliant novelOlive was aware of ludicrous behaviors unspeakable things spoken but what she did not understand is why she and her son Christopher should walk into old age with a high and horrible wall between them Olive could be blunt forthright fran

  4. says:

    Introspection Olive Again is a novel that is boldly observant honest and searches for apperception The story of the indomitable Olive Kitteridge follows on two years after her husband Henry’s death Olive is a little introspective on how she as a person her behaviour and relationships have evolved as she ages into her eighties especially

  5. says:

    Edit After receiving backlash for my subjective opinion on this novel I don't even bother to reply to your negative comments and I rep

  6. says:

    “When you get old you become invisible It’s just the truth And yet it’s freeing in a wayYou go through life and you

  7. says:

    45 stars rounded upElizabeth Strout is just a fabulous writer Her ability to weave together a diverse group of characters always fascinates me Her books are a blend between short stories and a novel While I’m not a fan

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    In a knot in a knotScrunching twisting sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn’t do me like

  9. says:

    Four impeccably intercepted sad depressing self discovery stories circled around a memorable literature character starsOur one of the grumpiest most straightforward sullen cantankerous grouchiest characters of fictional world is ba

  10. says:

    I'm not sure if Elizabeth Strout ever has need of a bodyguard and if she does I'm sure she wouldn't choose a sho

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