Olive Kitteridge

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge is not always the nicest person.  She can be blunt, hurtful, tactless, smothering, thoughtless, even cruel at times.  Yet she can also show love and kindness, and she can be quite vulnerable.  She's married to the long-suffering Henry, who loves her and puts up with her at the same time.  Olive is complicated, to put it mildly.  This novel is actually a series of short stories set in a small Maine town, woven together throughout by the central character of Olive, a retired schoolteacher.  Sometimes Olive is the main character of the chapter, and sometimes she doesn't appear at all, only as mentioned by other characters.  As a teacher, she knows and is known by everyone in town.  Even if she is not the main character, another dimension of Olive is always revealed in how the other characters relate to her.  It's an interesting book, because each chapter can really stand on its own as a short story, yet you want to know more about Olive, a true original and someone we can all relate to in some way.  Check our Catalog

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