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Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE * THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HBO MINISERIES STARRING FRANCES MCDORMAND, RICHARD JENKINS, AND BILL MURRAY In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge. 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 sensitivities; and 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. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY People * USA Today * The Atlantic * The Washington Post Book World * Seattle Post-Intelligencer * Entertainment Weekly * The Christian Science Monitor * San Francisco Chronicle * Salon * San Antonio Express-News * Chicago Tribune * The Wall Street Journal "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."--O: The Oprah Magazine "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."--USA Today "Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her."--San Francisco Chronicle "Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch."--Entertainment Weekly "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."--The New Yorker From the Hardcover edition.
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fleeting
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Mehso-so

I am SO torn with my review. While I adored the language and the humanity in this book, it took me a long time to read it, that I almost gave up. Does that make any sense, loving a book and yet also wanting to give up on it? 😐 I completely understand why it'd win the Pulitzer. I love the flashes of brilliance but maybe the whole short stories style didn't work for me?

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Centique
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#1 of 2020 and what a way to start the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As @Cinfhen also said, it reminded me of Plainsong, moving around a small community learning people‘s stories. Here the character of Olive is a thread that runs through them all - and what a complex prickly but brave character she is - so rare to see an older woman and a mother depicted with conflicting emotions and character traits. This captivated me and broke my heart all at once.

Centique And we have some cacti in the background in honour of Olive‘s brusque nature! 😍 2w
Cinfhen Great review 😁I found Olive a breath of fresh air, admiring her no nonsense attitude but I don‘t think we‘d ever be friends. I found her too abrasive and a little bit of a bully. Elizabeth Strout created such a wonderfully flawed character ~ LOVED this book (edited) 2w
Centique @Cinfhen oh me too! She would drive me mad I‘m sure 😂😂 But great for me to be reminded that there‘s so much more going on inside people. 2w
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readordierachel Lovely review! You've moved this up my tbr. 2w
Centique @readordierachel thank you 😘 I think you‘ll like it! 2w
Reggie Boom, stacked. Sounds so good! 2w
CarolynM Fabulous book! 2w
Centique @Reggie yay 😄 I think you‘ll enjoy it 😘 2w
Centique @CarolynM isn‘t it just? 😍 2w
Cathythoughts Great review! Frances McDormand plays Olive in the TV series , she is excellent, I love her anyway. I‘ve never read the book .. must do ❤️👍🏻 2w
Centique @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy! I‘m looking forward to seeing that. Did you see Frances McDormand in that 3 Billboards movie? She was incredible. 2w
Cathythoughts I loved her in 3 Billboards ! What a great performance & great movie. I need to see Fargo again though , as I only saw half of it. She is so good at what she does ❤️ 2w
andrew61 Great review, i picked up a copy last year and hadn't read it recently lent it to a friend who was going on holiday - think I'll have to get it back as im encouraged to read it soon. 2w
ReadingEnvy I just recorded an episode where I talk about the follow up to this one, which I liked even more! Such a strong character. 2w
Centique @andrew61 hope you like it as much as I did! @ReadingEnvy I‘ve heard a couple of people say that the new one is even better - quite a feat. Elizabeth Strout is a must read author for me now. I loved her first book Amy and Isabelle too. 2w
Rissreads I will bump it up my tbr pile. 2w
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Mitch
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Loved this - it's such an interesting structure, a novel told in short stories, little vignettes of lives and families within a coastal town in Maine. In each story, I held my breathe waiting to see what role Olive would play. The writing is delicious, the attention to detail and the bravery to make the central character so flawed is amazing. I absolutely loved having an older woman - her thoughts, feelings, desires and body fill the page.

Becker For more of the same read Olive Again which was just recently published. I recently read it and I think I liked it more than the original. Olive is a wonderful character. 2w
Mitch @Becker My husband (a non reader!) choose me that for one of my Christmas presents. He tried so hard to choose a surprise book - something I‘d not read, might not choose myself, but would love! So I went backwards and read the first book before I dive into my Christmas present 💕 2w
Mitch @Becker so glad you loved it - I enjoyed the first one so much 🙌🏼 2w
Suet624 Truly is a wonderfully rich story. There‘s an HBO movie (I think it‘s HBO) that portrays Olive in a way I didn‘t quite agree with, but was still quite good. 2w
Blaire So happy you loved this!! 2w
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BridgetteM
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Break time at work! My coworker brought me their copy of Olive Kitteridge to borrow because they said they liked it and I replied that I wanted to read it. Wasn‘t that thoughtful?!

Aims42 Bookish coworkers are THE BEST!! ❤️ 2w
BridgetteM @Aims42 You are so right! :) 2w
MrsMalaprop Loved this one ❤️. 1w
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Cinfhen
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I‘ve finished two books on day 3 of 2020 🤗🤗🤗and both work for #JennyIs30
Gothic ~ Frankenstein and tagged book for Literary 👍🏻💖🥳
Question, Jenny...does drama refer to a written play or just a book that is dramatic????

jenniferw88 Excellent question @Cinfhen ! I'm personally going to use it as a play, but I'm going to allow participants to interpret prompts as they wish, so basically I'm saying it's up to you! 😂 2w
ljuliel Wow , great start to the year ! 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @ljuliel Great @jenniferw88 😘😘Are you going to read Shakespeare because that‘s probably not happening for me 😂😂 2w
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen lol I might do... although I'm quite tempted by one of my most recent purchases 2w
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Bevita
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This was a re-read for me. Olive is awful and yet so human. Loved to read these stories and think about what would come in the sequel.

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Cinfhen
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Completed my first audiobook of the year🧡Loved this so much!! Not sure if or how I‘ll use it for my challenges but regardless it was a great way to start 2020. #AllTheFeels 🥰 Very much along the lines of Kent Haruf, with touches of Ove and my grandmother Sarah, may she Rest In Peace😉

JennyM #stacking!!! Sounds really good 😘 2w
ljuliel You talked me into it. I have a few Audible credits that need used up. 2w
Cinfhen It was part of the buy one get one deal on Audible @ljuliel I think you‘re gonna really enjoy this one, Julie & @JennyM 2w
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BarbaraBB So happy you liked this one. Have you read more by Strout? I have loved all I read by her and can‘t wait to stay 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💜 2w
Cinfhen I‘m really looking forward to reading Olive, again @BarbaraBB !! I did read but wasn‘t a fan of this book that you put in your best list 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks HAPPY NEW YEAR 💜💜💜 2w
BarbaraBB Oh that was a favorite of mine indeed, a few years ago! And I also loved 2w
Cinfhen I should probably try the tagged book @BarbaraBB as interconnected small town stories seem to be my new favorite topic/ genre 🥰 2w
BarbaraBB Lol, I have read a lot of them too lately! 2w
jenniferw88 It would work for 'literary' on my bingo card IF you want to use it! (I'm checking your reads on Goodreads to help!) 2w
Cinfhen I noticed that today @jenniferw88 and I‘m glad you‘re watching out for me xx Thank you 🙏🏼 ❣️ 2w
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Cinfhen
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My first audiobook of 2020 🎧🧡So far it‘s UH.MAY.ZING 🙌🏻We‘ll have to see what prompts this works for 😉

Cathythoughts I thought the TV series amazing too ( havnt read the book though ) 2w
youneverarrived Same @Cathythoughts I loved the series. 2w
bookandbedandtea I purchased this audiobook just yesterday! I've heard great things about this book for years so I'm excited to get started. 2w
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Mitch Ive started reading this today too - snap! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m loving the audio @bookandbedandtea @Mitch @Cathythoughts @youneverarrived I feel like Olive is a mix between Ove and my no nonsense grandmother 😁 2w
CarolynM Great book! 2w
Centique This is my first book of 2020 - Quelle coincidence! 😍😍 2w
Cinfhen Don‘t u LOVE it @Centique ?!!?!? I couldn‘t help myself and had to download 2w
Centique @Cinfhen yes! Totally in love - but also a little bit wrecked 😢 2w
Cinfhen Olive is truly a unique character/ it‘s really interesting to get inside her brain ~ the writing is so deeply human @Centique @CarolynM @Mitch And the sequel is JUST AS GOOD 🙌🏻 (edited) 2w
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MyBookSwapClub
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She‘s one of my fav author..so had to check out this! Addicted to Olive, along with #Audiobooks

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outlawsaturn
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Mehso-so

It's fine. I didn't like it as much as I thought. I liked the vignettes with Olive as the primary focus, everyone else was really boring. She's just kind of pessimistic and bitter and I find that relatable.

I'll check out the HBO version soon.

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LiteraryLona
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I have no idea why I waited so long to read this! ❤️❤️❤️

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dariazeoli
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I‘m super excited! It‘s the last week I work this year! Hoping I have time to read another chapter of this book at lunch; I‘m really enjoying it!

What are you reading today? What are you excited about?

Soubhiville I‘m spending some time with Thunderhead and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. And wrapping gifts and a trip to the post office. Have a great day! (edited) 1mo
Jeannineth It‘s been a few years but I loved Olive. I‘m currently reading 4 book. 25 days till Christmas has me feeling all the Christmas feels. 1mo
CherylRussell I‘m planning on finishing Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother‘s Disappearance as a Child. #nonfiction #bookmarksmagazine #librarybook 1mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I think this is the last novel I #readinonesitting. #gratefulreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks good!! 💛 2mo
EKonrad Have you read Olive Again yet? I‘m reading it now. 😊 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @EKonrad I haven‘t yet but it‘s on my TBR! Are you enjoying? 2mo
EKonrad Yep, I‘m definitely enjoying it so far! It‘s fun to be back in Olive‘s world again. 2mo
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Tiltedwhirled
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Mehso-so

I am still processing this book. It was real. It was true.

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Abailliekaras
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Our new episode of Books On The Go is up! Amanda and I read Olive Kitteridge (better late than never 😜. We loved this - cannot wait for Olive, Again to come out on 5 November! 🥰🙌🏼🎧

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Abailliekaras
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I adored this. In spare prose, Strout gives us the essence of her characters‘ lives. She captures the everyday frustrations and joys, great dramas & changeability of people with honesty & compassion. The tone is warm, so even when her characters suffer there is a sense of hope & comfort. She‘s wonderful on ageing, loneliness, & the dynamics of marriage (& small towns). Olive is flawed but strong - refreshing in a woman protagonist. 💫

CarolynM Great book! Have you seen the TV adaptation? It's pretty good too. 4mo
Abailliekaras @carolynM thanks! No but I‘m keen to. 😊 3mo
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Abailliekaras
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Book and sun. ☀️ loving this - review coming soon!

CarolynM I loved this one too. 4mo
Abailliekaras @carolynM such a delight and just what I felt like reading. 👌🏼 4mo
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BittersweetBooks
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There were days—she could remember this—when Henry would hold her hand as they walked home, middle-aged people, in their prime. Had they known at these moments to be quietly joyful? Most likely not. People mostly did not know enough when they were living life that they were living it 👵🏼👴🏻💛

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alexa_d
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I finished Olive Kitteridge, and was looking at the copyright page to see where the stories were published originally, and, um...does this mean that Seventeen magazine can claim to have won a Pulitzer? (I can't believe they beat Teen Vogue, tbh)

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alexa_d
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I like Olive Kitteridge, but it's not exactly what you'd call a page-turner, so I'm having trouble finishing it. Mostly I just remember that Frances McDormand played her in the miniseries, and she was also in the Good Omens miniseries, and what I'm saying is I'm imagining that Olive Kitteridge is God. #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer (Fiction, 2009)

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Young4evr
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****

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Christine
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I‘ve been slumping hard for a solid week (unusual for me in the Litsy era!). Started and stopped so many books that would normally hold my attention. And then came Olive. I really loved this. Lucy Barton was so-so for me; Anything Is Possible I liked more. But this is my favorite Strout yet. ❤️

Christine Now I‘ll be impatiently waiting for 5mo
HeatherBookNerd I really loved this one. 5mo
Blaire I love everything strout and this is the one that got me hooked. 5mo
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marleed
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A book of short stories often stacks low upon my TBR, but I enjoyed finding out if and how Olive would weave into a story. ...Although , if my life were a book, it would be a series of distinct short stories rather than a sweeping saga of characters whose entire lives are closely connected. I sure hope that in those stories my impact is kind in both thought and action.

PaperbackPirate That happens to me too. I have read some amazing short stories but for some reason they are on my tbr longest. 5mo
marleed @PaperbackPirate I have Roar by Cecelia Ahern sitting atop my TBR pile right now but I keep grabbing other books. It‘s my problem I know. Perhaps there is a class in which I should enroll for how to retain a short story - lol. 5mo
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whatrebeccasread
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I'm not sure I understand the hype surrounding Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitteridge" but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Some stories I loved but some not so much and I'm beginning to feel that I may need to give it a second chance down the line. For now it's 3 stars, but I'm not ruling this one out for a re-read at some point.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

TrishBovell I didn‘t understand the character of Olive until I saw the Miniseries starring Frances McDormand. Now I want to reread the book because seeing it on the screen made it so much richer! 9mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell oh really? That's interesting to hear, I might give it a try myself! 9mo
TrishBovell Give it a try. I felt the same as you do when I first read the book. I didn‘t understand the hype. 9mo
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TrishBovell Now I love Olive and want to know more about her! 9mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell I'm looking forwaed to it, thank you! 9mo
TrishBovell Let me know what you think! 9mo
EH2018 Theres a new Olive K book coming out in October! Just heard about it. So excited!! 9mo
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atla
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“He wanted to put his arms around her, but she has a darkness that seemed to stand beside her like an acquaintance that would not go away.”
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atla One of my favorites of all time. Within the first pages, we get a sense of Olive as a curmudgeon. But this is the outsider‘s perspective. As we get deeper info this magnificent collection, we begin to see Olive for all that she is - tired and beat down from disappointment, vulnerable and afraid, lonely, and we empathize with wanting more along with the fear of dropping old, long-serving defenses. Oh Olive, it‘s okay. I‘m here for you, my friend. 9mo
BarbaraBB Olive is such an interesting character 💜 9mo
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Palindrome
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A pleasure to read 13 linked stories featuring large-boned retired school teacher Olive K. in pivotal, supporting, or cameo roles. Olive is alternately brave, abrasive, maddening, vulnerable. She‘s a foil for machinations of her Maine hometown— and a formidable lens for exploration of the human heart. We don‘t stash stolen shoes in handbags and haven‘t defaced apparel with Sharpie pens... yet. But we do believe there‘s a bit of Olive in all of us.

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Zelma
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Such a quiet and lovely book. I really enjoyed reading this series of linked short stories, savoring one per evening before bed. Some stories definitely works better than others, and I was surprised so many were from Olive‘s perspective; I thought she would always be a peripheral character. I will absolutely be reading more Elizabeth Strout in the future.

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Ash.on.the.line
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Between a pick and a so-so. I finished last night and I have been thinking about it today. I liked and disliked Olive but I got why she was the way she was. The other side character stories just didn‘t grab me though. Henry was a favorite. Overall I liked so it became a pick!

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Ash.on.the.line
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Guess who was able to read outside for a little bit after a long cold winter?! The sun feels so good! Also I‘m close to finishing Olive Kitteridge. So far I like some stories more than others, I like Olive for the most part, some of the side characters just don‘t grab my attention.

Chalk art courtesy of my nephew! 🥰

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Zelma
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Enjoying my morning with coffee, Cadbury mini eggs and this gem of a book.

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Ash.on.the.line
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Starting April with trying to finish Drums of Autumn again. I set it down awhile ago and finally feel like I‘m ready! Olive Kitteridge has been on my shelf for what feels like forever. Hopefully it holds my attention!
March was rough for my reading so let‘s hope April brings better reading material! 🤞🏼😁

WhatWouldJaneDo I loved Olive Kitteridge, it gave me the feels. Hope you like it! 10mo
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Pamwurtzler
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Mehso-so

So-so because I can‘t decide how I feel about this one. I liked Olive, and then didn‘t like her, and then liked her again. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterO #ReadingUSA2019 #Maine

BarbaraBB We read it both simultaneously. I feel about the same about it but ended up liking it! 11mo
Librarybelle I remember liking this overall, but yes, there‘s something about Olive that makes you go back and forth about her. 11mo
DivineDiana When I read the book, I also had mixed feelings about Olive. However, I felt differently after watching the incredible Frances McDormand play Olive in the HBO miniseries. Her performance helped me to understand Olive. 11mo
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BarbaraBB
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All stories in this book are more or less centered around Olive Kitteridge, a local teacher, one with character. Tormented by menopause and aging she makes life hard on her son, husband, students and herself. Not in the least because she can‘t show any vulnerability. She seems so hard while we as readers know better. Another impressive book by Strout, although I keep preferring Lucy Barton!

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-15-19: My 5th finished book of 2019! #olivekitteridge # 👍🏼📖#️⃣5️⃣

GidgetsTreasures75 I hate that the bookstore put so many unpeeledable stickers on this!! 12mo
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mreads
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Set in a fictional town in Maine, a series of short stories where (mostly unlikable) Olive is the main character, a side character or sometimes just passing by. It's also as much about small town life as it is about Olive.

#centuryreadchallenge

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jvaldelv
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Interesting

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mreads
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#bookhaul
Second of two church thrift sales this weekend. 21/$7 😮😁❤

AmyG Some wonderful books in that haul! (edited) 1y
Bklover Good stuff! Love Devil in the White City! 1y
Crazeedi Wow! Great haul! 1y
TheBookBabes Omg!!! 1y
Flaneurette Really liked Old Filth and Sixpence House. Have the Harufs on my tbr, great haul! 1y
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violabrain
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Some great lines at the end of this book! 😂😂 (talking about George W. Bush)

rachaich Love all her books :) 1y
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violabrain
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This book came out in 2008, so she‘s talking about George W. Bush. Who would‘ve thought then that things could reach the point they are now. Please vote (and vote for Dems) on Tuesday!

Lcsmcat 🌊 1y
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LauraBeth
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Oh heyyyyyy, Elizabeth Strout 🙌😍

mrozzz Whoa!! 1y
BkClubCare Double that Whoa!! !!!! 1y
Suet624 Yippee! 1y
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CarolynM Thanks for passing on the Intel. I'll look forward to it. 1y
Jinjer Yasssssss 1y
Blaire Yes!!! Olive Kitteredge is an all time fave. 1y
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alisonrose
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BOOK: Olive Kitteridge (and the miniseries with Frances McDormand was wonderful too!)
AUTHOR: Julie Otsuka
MOVIE: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
FOOD: Orzo
#manicmonday #letterO

JoScho Orzo is a good one! 1y
alisonrose @JoScho 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 1y
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CarolynM
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Book - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Author - Wilfred Owen
Movie - The Opposite of Sex
Food - Oysters (and champagne)

#ManicMonday #LetterO

JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 1y
bookcollecter I love Wilfred Owen ! One of the best WWI poets 1y
bookcollecter Lost my copy in the house fire a few years back 1y
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LitandLeisure
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Day 20: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout; collection of stories about the title character, a deeply complex teacher living in small town Maine; excellent discussion for a #bookclub winner of 2009 Pulitzer Prize

#31Books #BooksIrecommend

ow.ly/Njrd30lu1E5

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Insightsintobooks
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Has anyone read this?? What did you think? Should I get it?

#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale

Literary_Siren I‘ve been debating whether or not to get this too. 1y
Alfoster Haven‘t read it either but for the price it‘s probably worth it. I‘ve liked her others. 1y
MoniqueReads305 It's been years since I've read it. But I really enjoyed it. 1y
Briar-Rose I read it years ago and thought it was very good. Slow-moving, perhaps, but I remember that it was very insightful. 1y
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Libby1
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I chose this photo as I think it‘s the oddest, most ill-fitting cover for this book.

Olive seems odd and ill-fitting, too. She is complicated. She is strong. She is loud. She is surprisingly vulnerable. And I loved her.

This is really a collection of short stories. Sometimes Olive is at the centre. At times she barely appears. The descriptions of character, place, and emotion are perfect.

In fact, I think this book is perfect.

CarolynM It's a good one 🙂 1y
MrsMalaprop Weird cover alright 🤔. Great book 😊. 1y
Cathythoughts I did see the tv series. I thought it was good ! Olive is how you describe her , good description 👍🏻 (edited) 1y
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mauveandrosysky This is one of my favorite books of all time, but yeah...this cover is weird! 1y
merelybookish There's no way Olive wore that dress!. Terrible cover. 1y
DivineDiana Agree. Sure doesn‘t look like the Olive I imagine! 😮 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This cover makes absolutely no sense at all. 🤦‍♀️ 1y
Libby1 @CarolynM , @MrsMalaprop , @Cathythoughts , @mauveandrosysky , @merelybookish , @DivineDiana , @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - I always pictured her as looking a bit like me. There is nothing tiny or fine boned about her. 1y
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Magslhalliday
Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Mehso-so

I liked the structure, with some chapters from Olive's point of view and others where she is mentioned in passing. But I found the tone too dispassionate for me: I didn't care about anyone in this.

Libby1 Oh, I loved this one. I can understand how the stories might seem a bit disjointed, but I liked that. 1y
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pgh.femme
Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Run don‘t walk if you haven‘t read this. A favorite.

pgh.femme Oops. This is for $3. 1y
CarolynM Such a good book 1y
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Rcoco
Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Pickpick

Not a novel in the conventional sense—these are short stories all with a common character Olive Kitteridge. Many slices of life in this book. I enjoyed her imperfect character immensely. The stories were somewhat depressing, realistic, but always with a shimmer of hope. If you haven‘t tried Elizabeth Strout, try this or MY Name is Lucy Barton. That book shattered me with its spare prose.

Tamra The movie was good too, can‘t beat Francis McDormand! (edited) 2y
Rcoco Movie! Didn‘t know this was a movie. I will have to check it out :) 2y
Suet624 Loved the book so much. And yes, the movie was good too. 😀 2y
Rcoco @Suet624 I watched the first episode and It was spot on! Hope to watch the rest of the series soon. 2y
Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼 2y
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Rcoco
Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Truth!

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