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Olive, Again

(Olive Kitteridge)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she doe ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2019 by Random House
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Angela M
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature, of our shared condition and she reminds us that life is full of a struggle of some kind for pretty much all of us. In Crosby, Maine you’ll find characters dealing with loneliness, infidelity, alcoholism, sickness, aging, death, regrets, so many regrets. Thankfully, there also is friendship and love and empathy that Olive Kittridge finds within herself to give, because the truths about life are dauntingly sad at times. More than once I sto ...more
Elyse Walters
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful emotional truthfulness - and unforgettable narrative:
Brilliant novel!!!!

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
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Carol
"Olive thinks everything is crap."......or does she.

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

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Zoeytron
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

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
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Debbie
In a knot, in a knot!

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
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Tammy
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crotchety, stubborn, judgmental and ultimately empathetic to others…Olive, I have missed you. Just like Olive, herself, these interlinked stories are surprising, unsettling, humorous, and very human. The struggles with loss, loneliness, remorse, and sorrow are matters which none of us may escape. Welcome back, Olive.
Cheri
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Peter Boyle
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Strout has done it again. In this sequel to the Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge, her extraordinary powers of insight and empathy are once more on full display. Strout writes about the everyday concerns of ordinary people, and she does it better than any other author I've read.

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
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Donna
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Olive, as unlovable as you appear to be, how I adore you! In this follow-up to Olive Kitteridge, we find in Olive, Again that grumpy, often rude, sometimes tender and increasingly introspective character of the book’s title. She has grown in life experiences and continues to grow older in this new volume of interwoven stories set in the tiny town of Crosby, Maine.

The book brings back some individuals from the first novel and introduces us to others whom, in small or large ways, have crossed
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Canadian
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I prefer this second volume of linked short stories about elderly former math teacher Olive Kitteridge over Strout’s first book about her and some of the other residents of Crosby, a small (fictional) coastal town in Maine. As with the first book, Strout explores ageing, regret, loneliness, the distances between people and their occasional fragile connections. I don’t recall the first book about Olive as well as I’d like, but it seems to me (with her now older protagonist) Strout’s concern with ...more
Tyler Goodson
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I was not ready for this book. Elizabeth Strout--like Olive and the rest of Crosby, Maine--stares the dark side of aging, death, sex, and life, right in the face. What they see is troubling, shocking, moving, and truly profound.
Antoinette
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If there is one new book this year that I have been anticipating and been dying to read, it is this one. I am happy to report that it lived up to my expectations and 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
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Dan
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never particularly liked Olive Kitteridge. I’ve known her in passing for more than ten years, but I’ve never really liked her: Olive’s too blunt, too judgmental, too free with her opinions, and too school marmish for my tastes. Since I’m among friends, I’ll admit that Olive even strikes me as foreboding: her height, her angularity, her total lack of vanity all leave me uneasy, and I’m always afraid that she’ll direct her formidable intelligence on me.

But now that Olive and I are both undeni
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Canadian
I prefer this second volume of linked short stories about elderly former math teacher Olive Kitteridge over Strout’s first book about her and some of the other residents of Crosby, a small (fictional) coastal town in Maine. As with the first book, Strout explores ageing, regret, loneliness, the distances between people and their occasional fragile connections. I don’t recall the first book about Olive as well as I’d like but it seems to me (with her now older protagonist) Strout’s concern with t ...more
Jill
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meeting up with Olive Kitteridge again after 11 years ago is an unexpected treat. Time and circumstance have changed Olive – and me – and have made us both older, wiser, and more in touch with what is meaningful and what is unimportant.

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.

In
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Linden
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Olive Kitteridge when I read it, and wasn't sure what to expect with this sequel. Elizabeth Strout is a wonderful writer, and she did not disappoint. I loved that she used the same format--short chapter vignettes about different residents of the small town of Crosby, Maine, where Olive pops up and we see different facets of this retired math teacher. Everyone has a story, and Strout is a consummate storyteller; we learn of people's marriages, families, friends, loves, deaths, aging, and ...more
Claire Fuller
It was so wonderful to meet Olive Kitteridge again in older age, and then very old age. She is her brilliant straight-talking, compassionate self. As with Olive Kitteridge these are slices of small town life in Maine, all of which feature Olive in some way, but some very minorly. I was delighted to meet some characters from previous novels and catch up with them. As with a book that is almost a series of short stories, some chapters worked better than others, and I wasn't sure about the last one ...more
Janet
Utterly perfect.

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.
Martie Nees Record
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Literary Fiction
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
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Mary Lins
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: complete
First of all, you do not have to have read Pulitzer winning, “Olive Kitterage”, or seen the Emmy winning HBO series starring Frances McDormand, to thoroughly enjoy Elizabeth Strout’s follow up, “Olive, Again”, though I predict that you will want to.

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
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Kasa Cotugno
As in her Pulitzer prize winning Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth tells her story via interlocking stories, reminding me of the work of Chuck Close in which each small element, visible up close, coalesces into a whole picture when observed from afar. The histories of the inhabitants of a small coastal town as well as those of a larger one an hour away, are brought into sharp focus, and as in the earlier book, Olive herself is sometimes front and center, sometimes, on the edge, but the effect of her f ...more
Bonnie Brody
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Olive Kitteridge is back with all her quirks, directness and attempts (often flubbed) at meaningful social interaction. She is older this time around and has been retired from teaching for some time. She lives in the same house that she shared with her now deceased husband and spends a lot of time on her own, in solitude. She never was one for a large group of friends or support system, that Olive.

Surprisingly, Olive meets 74 year old Jack, a retired professor, who is experiencing similar strugg
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Toni
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2019
Wonderful, as expected. Review to post closer to publication date. You're going to love it!
SueLucie
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
How to describe this sequel to ‘Olive Kitteridge’? If you’ve read and loved the first book, you’ll love this one too. If you haven’t, this second book would stand alone but you’ll miss out on the pleasure of catching up with established characters - Elizabeth Strout gives a little of their back stories here (thankfully not overly much). It also features characters from her other novels - the Burgess boys, Amy and Isabelle - all considerably older now. I would say that the two Olive books are sim ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ready to revisit old friends and acquaintances, or meet them for the first time? I admit that, due to bad timing, I never finished OLIVE KITTRIDGE (although I loved the HBO series). There’s something about the quotidian that Elizabeth Strout gets just right. OLIVE, AGAIN swept me up in its small town Maine-ness. Every word, character, event, and action was organic and seamless, seemingly effortless. It’s more story than plot, but each chapter of this novel-in-stories is a link to the people of C ...more
Andie
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Strout's Olive Kitteredge so I was delighted to receive this ARC of Olive, Again from Goodreads. At the end of the first book Olive's husband Henry has died and she has just started a tentative relationship with Jack Kennison, a former Harvard professor who has recently lost his wife. Olive, Again picks up where the first book leaves off with Jack and Olive making a very odd couple - two lost souls finding love and companionship in old age.

We follow Olive through the next 15 years as she
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Sarah
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The long awaited follow up to Strout's bestselling Olive Kitteridge, Olive, Again chronicles another decade of Olive's life and those around her in the fictional town of Crosby, Maine, and it does not disappoint.

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
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Jaclyn Crupi
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A joy to be back in Maine with Olive and co.
Holly
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
How do you write a sequel to a Pulitzer Prize winning novel? It is probably a rare occurrence and may never have even happened before. But Elizabeth Strout takes on the challenge and is triumphant. Now that gets me wondering if a sequel to a Pulitzer Prize winning book has ever won a Pulitzer Prize?

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
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Susan Johnson
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell you what a joy it is to be with Olive again. She is so funny and speaks her own mind no matter whose feelings it hurts. She is a cantankerous lady and I have discovered at 66 and in ill health, I grow more like her every day. There is just a point when enough is enough. She attends a baby shower and “A third gift was presented to Marlene’s daughter, and Olive distinctly felt distress. She could not imagine how long it would take this child to unwrap every goddamn gift on the table ...more
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Elizabeth Strout is the author of several novels, including: Abide with Me, a national bestseller and BookSense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. In 2009 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her book Olive Kitteri ...more

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