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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Mar 01, 12

bookshelves: award-winner, fiction
Recommended for: anyone
Read from February 17 to 29, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I enjoyed this book a lot. Unlike other novels, a portrait of Olive Kitteridge is drawn from not only her narrative but those of her husband, former students and members of her community. She a complex character, often seeming to have no compassion or showing affection for others while at other times she seems to have an uncanny sense of knowing when someone is very troubled and needs a caring word or gesture. I think that she could be someone with few close friends, those who understand her and are not off-put by her often abrupt behavior. I think she's basically a very insecure individual who is afraid to open herself up to others even though she yearns for intimacy with her family and friends. She also lives with a life-long guilt involving the suicide of her father. I would recommend this book to others.
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