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finch917, February 7, 2015 (view all comments by finch917)
Strout does not paint in the big, broad strokes of a large-scale canvas, but in the minute, deftly chosen and intimate details that make each character -- no matter how seemingly inconsequential to the whole of the book -- breathing, real and fantastically flawed human beings. And to see a character like Olive Kitteridge not through the lens of her own first-person narrative, but through the eyes of those who love her, hate her, fear her, misunderstand her, or pity her, seems to transcend the boundaries we experience in most fiction. Olive doesn't feel like a character; she feels like a neighbor. And one you're not likely to think highly of...until you truly understand her. The writing is exquisite, and Strout's ability to present her reader with such an acerbic, even downright unpleasant character, and send the two on a journey through which that character becomes sympathetic to the point of breaking your heart, is deserving of every accolade Olive Kitteridge has brought her.
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minniewake , October 21, 2014 (view all comments by minniewake )

In a universe so bent toward youth it is more like relief aside from pleasure to read literature that speaks to my experience as a middle age woman. Thank you Elizabeth Strout for writing these stories which are hilarious, ferocious, gut punching, and bare bone honest.
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Julie Graham, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Julie Graham)
Wonderful story with real-life characters in a real-life setting. Small scale, beautifully rendered.
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donnapetel, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by donnapetel)
This book is a life-changer. Each short story holds a different facet of the title character, Olive Kitteridge. In some of the stories, Olive is the focus. In other stories she is in the background, just walking through the landscape of the story. While I started out hating her, by the end of the book I both understood and loved her. I think we lose sight of the lives we touch by our very existence. This book is a beautiful reminder of how connected we truly are.
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Mike Hyne, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Mike Hyne)
Elizabeth Strout writes with such subtlety about the big issues and little nuances of life in this interconnected collection of short stories that all contain the character Olive Kitteridge but not always as the main character. We see the people she comes in contact with and deliciously experience their thoughts, feelings and fantasys along with Olive's as we check in throughout her life.
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Strout, Elizabeth
Random House Trade
City and town life -- Maine.
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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8.01x5.22x.67 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812971835 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Set on the coast of Maine, this fantastic Pulitzer Prize winner (2009) is a terrific character study.  Olive is an irascible, crabby old lady who is difficult to like.  Yet, as her life, marriage, and story play out, her character changes in ways that are wholly believable.  This novel runs the gamut of human emotion and delicately exposes the secret inner workings of the human condition.  Beautifully written, Olive Kitteridge is a book I didn't much expect to like — but how wrong I was.

"Review" by , "Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition — its conflicts, tragedies, and joys. Strout constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion."
"Review" by , "A perfectly balanced portrait of the human condition, encompassing plenty of anger, cruelty and loss without ever losing sight of the equally powerful presences of tenderness, shared pursuits and lifelong loyalty."
"Review" by , "With the deft, piercing shorthand that is her short storytelling trademark, [Strout] takes readers below the surface of deceptive small-town ordinariness to expose the human condition in all its suffering and sadness."
"Review" by , "Perceptive, deeply empathetic...Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout's unforgettable novel in stories."
"Review" by , "Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You'll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff."
"Review" by , "Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When shes not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her."
"Review" by , "Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph."
"Review" by , "Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch."
"Review" by , "Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force....[She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air."
"Synopsis" by , 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. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition — its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

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