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Olive Kitteridge (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer's eyes, 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 other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town 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 sensitivites, 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.

Original title: Olive Kitteridge
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives
FictionGeneral FictionAging

Edition #1: Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Elizabeth Strout writes beautifully about the compromises and small joys of what we might call mature people. Delicate, nuanced, insightful, and profoundly moving, Olive Kitteridge provides exactly the pleasures and the depths of feeling that I crave when I read fiction." Ann Packer
  • "Elizabeth Strout restores my faith in the word, in the quality of fiction to shine light on even the dark and still make us feel refreshed and cleansed and glad. Strout is one of our true treasures. My God, she is fun to read." Richard Bausch
  • "Deeply human...Though loneliness and loss haunt these pages, Strout also supplies gentle humor and a nourishing dose of hope." Booklist
  • "A heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of ordinary coastal Mainers living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection...This collection is easy to read and impossible to forget." Publishers Weekly
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Olive Kitteridge (April 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781400062089
Dimensions: 9.32 x 6.38 x 1.02
Pages: 270

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