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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Oct 07, 09

Read in October, 2009

no wonder this won a pulitzer.

compelling. invasive. at times just as annoying at the neighborhood/community of characters she
presents. i do not even want to drive through olive's town! this book, in blistering, scathing
ordinariness - presents the compelling nature of an unexceptional life. or rather, a life which
has the appearance of being less than exceptional. olive could have been one of MY grade
school teachers. and perhaps, that is the larger point of this book. everyone has a story. every
one has a story that is intense and deeply felt - even if the events seem ordinary, the impact
of the individual living the life is indeed extraordinary. this book is not poetic...but in its treatment of american culture and life -
it is real poetry.
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