Olive was aware of ludicrous behaviors- unspeakable things spoken - but what she did not understand is why she and her son, Christopher should walk into old age with a high and horrible wall between them.
Olive could be blunt, forthright, frank, and candid.
She had strong opinions- and judgements... she hated people who were late.. etc.
I happened to feel as strong as Olive did about a scene at a baby shower:
“A thi ...more
Elizabeth Strout is back and so is the memorable curmudgeon Olive Kitteridge. Somewhat older now and heavier, but she's still formidable with her forthright personality and smart-mouth tell it like it is comments that seem to explode out of her.
Everyone in Crosby, Maine whether visitor or resident seem to have a truckload of major problems in their life, and they all seem to know or are connected to Olive in one way or another.
The format of...more
Olive Kitteridge is a difficult woman, formidable and even harsh at times. One who says what she thinks and lets the chips fall where they may. It would be fair to say she is not universally liked, referred to by some as "that old bag". The indignities of aging are front and center. In her 80's now, Olive reflects on the effect of bad memories that follow you through life, profound loneliness, becoming invisible. These interwoven storie ...more
Scrunching, twisting, sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick. It just didn’t do me like the last one did (sung in a bluesy voice). Oh, this book is good, very good, a 4-star read in fact, and it’s sitting on my 2019 Runners Up shelf as nice and happy as it can be. So it’s nuts to sound so disappointed. It’s just that the magic wasn’t there like it was in Olive Kitteridge, the moments when the words and the sentences dance in my head and turn me into a crazed pogo-sticke ...more
Olive has not changed much since I last spent time in her company, she is still the same opinionated, domineering, judgmental, interfering and needy woman, but time has passed. Time without her husband, Henry, whose quiet, gentle ways and willingness to see the good in people no longer softened the bitterness in their home since his passing, but it is also only in his death that she seems to begin to recognize the value of his ways in her life.
As in Olive Kitteridge, the characters that populat ...more
Lots of folk in Crosby, Maine don't care much for Olive Kitteridge. To many, she was their grumpy, abrupt math teacher, and when they spot her in the supermarket, they duck behind a different aisle. Howeve ...more
The book brings back some individuals from the first novel and introduces us to others whom, in small or large ways, have crossed ...more
We return back to Crosby, Maine and to one of my favourite literary characters, Olive Kitteridge. She’s just so Olive- snarky, judgmental, blunt but underneath there is a total soft spot. She often sees what others need and totally follows through. We especially see this in the story “Light”. Cindy is battling cancer. Olive see ...more
But now that Olive and I are both undeni ...more
When I first became acquainted with Olive in the first book, I recall a lot of back and forth discussions on whether she was “likeable.” That never mattered to me. What mattered is that she was believable – so authentic that it almost felt as if I DID know her.
I've been a devoted Elizabeth Strout fan since I read Olive Kitteridge for the first time, and her novels have consistently been on the shelves of my bookshop since the day we opened. I know that customers who miss the lovable, cantankerous Olive will be delighted to spend more time with her again; people who've never read any Strout will be able to start with this one without feeling lost, though.
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
I read Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Olive Kitteridge,” when it was published in 2008. I have been reading the author’s work ever since. Needless to say, I was delighted when I received an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of “Olive, Again.” As in the original novel, the sequel’s chapters read as interlinked short stories with recurring local characters in the same small town of Maine. Once again, in some way or an ...more
The success of the book and HBO series rests on Strout’s perfectly imperfect character, Olive. She is entirely unique and readers have a variety of reactions to her, mostly contradictory because she is. She is hard-nosed somewhat stereo-typically a co ...more
Surprisingly, Olive meets 74 year old Jack, a retired professor, who is experiencing similar strugg ...more
We follow Olive through the next 15 years as she ...more
As one may expect given Olive's advancing age, Olive, Again sees our stubborn and headstrong protagonist confront the realities of ageing - partners and friends dying and the deterioration of one's health, along with the restriction of freedom and lifestyle change which comes with the la ...more
I was thrilled to see the story of Olive Kitteridge continue into a second volume and jumped at the chance to read it. Not surprisingly, Elizabeth Strout did not disappoint. While she is a brilliant ...more