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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Nov 28, 09

bookshelves: park-ridge-book-club
Read in November, 2009

An interesting "novel in stories" format with about half of the stories focused directly on protagonist Olive Kitteridge, a rather intimidating and domineering woman in her 60's and later her 70's, and the other half with Olive as a more peripheral character. The book is at its best in the chapters about Olive, especially the chapters that allow the reader to see Olive through the eyes of her devoted but resigned husband and her ambivalent son. Beautifully written. The use of language reminds me of When the Emperor Was Divine, another "novel in stories" that was haunting in its sparse, precise prose. Olive Kitteridge is book where multi-faceted characters are slowly revealed, one layer at a time. I can see why it won the Pulitzer.
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