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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Jul 19, 09

bookshelves: pulitzers, beloved, 2009
Read in July, 2009

I truly believe this to be one of the most fundamentally correct portrayals of the American experience... the disappointments, complaints, and struggles of Olive and fellows capture the essence of the day to day issues facing millions today, as we all in our ways strive to live up to or accomplish our own idyllic Americana. The sadness that permeates each page went straight to my core; each story is personal entirely because of the faults within these characters, however large or small the problems facing this cast seem to be. Olive's journey to appreciating her life with Henry cut me to the core. This really needs to become require reading, if not for high school students, then college American literature. The quality of the novel's structure (the short story approach to the chapters) enlarged the emotional scope with clarity, as if you were peering into different windows within the same home.

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Dina I take it you really liked this one. :)

Laura HOLY CRAP, yes. Wow, and wow, and may I have a tissue. It was just... realistic. Very good!

Dina Yeah, it was pretty good.

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