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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Apr 20, 2010

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This was by far one of the most depressing books I have ever read. You start out thinking its going to be folksy heartwarming stories about sweet small town people living in the fishing village of Crosby, Maine. Then the deaths start. And the affairs. And the depression. And the drinking. And the suicides.

Not a pretty picture of small town life. Or of human beings.

But I did like the book despite that. I wonder what that says about me. I found it pretty well written and engaging, very good at setting the scene, creating emotionally charged characters, and a compelling plot line. It was an interesting format, too, with the thirteen short stories focusing on different characters in the town, all relating somehow to the title character. I guess I would recommend it but just know that it's a depressing ride.

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