Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout

[PDF] Olive Kitteridge

By Elizabeth Strout

  • Release Date: 2013-04-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
From 195 Ratings

Olive Kitteridge By Elizabeth Strout Description

[PDF] Olive Kitteridge By Elizabeth Strout. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. And now a major HBO mini-series starring Frances McDormand.

Olive Kitteridge: indomitable, compassionate and often unpredictable. A retired schoolteacher in a small coastal town in Maine, as she grows older she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life. She is a woman who sees into the hearts of those around her, their triumphs and tragedies.

We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and a young man who aches for the mother he lost - and whom Olive comforts by her mere presence, while her own son feels overwhelmed by her complex sensitivities.

A penetrating, vibrant exploration of the human soul, the story of Olive Kitteridge will make you laugh, nod in recognition, wince in pain, and shed a tear or two.


  • Such a disappointment

    By Pink Sparkles 72
    Terrible......whilst the quality of the book is good, the storyline is terrible. Hated the ending.....or lack there of.
  • Maine event

    By rhitc
    Author American. Favourite of the critics even before Olive Kitteridge (2008) won the Pulizter Prize. Her last novel, My Name is Lucy Barton (2016) was a widely praised best seller. He short fiction has been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker. She teaches at the Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University of Charlotte NC. Olive Kitteridge was made into an HBO TV series in 2014 starring Frances McDormand. Plot Like the original, there’s not a plot as such. Instead, the book comprises a series of stories set in the small seaside community of Crosby, Maine, interlinked (sometimes quite loosely) by Olive Kitteridge, an unattractive and at times overbearing maths teacher who is also an abrasive commentator on local behaviour and mores. In the original, Olive featured prominently in the stories that involved her husband Henry, a pharmacist, and their children. In the sequel, Henry is dead, and Olive finds companionship, and eventually marries, a widowed former Harvard history lecturer who retired to the area. The events described are largely quotidian. Characters Olive is Olive, never afraid to call a spade a spade, but has mellowed a little second time at bat. The supporting cast is interesting and keenly drawn. Crosby seems to be a fairly depressing place that is home to a lot of depressed white people. Prose Crisp, clear prose. The chapter changes would likely come off as abrupt in the hands of a lesser writer, but Ms Strout is a past master (or mistress, or something with a neutral pronoun) of this sort of thing. Bottom line I read Olive Kitteridge ten years ago and didn’t like it much, although I admired Ms Strout, and still do, for blazing the trail for a different type of novel structure that has been copied, but not bettered, by a number of writers since. I gave it another go before I tangled with Olive, Again, and had similar misgivings. Whether because Olive has toned down a little in her late seventies, or because Ms Strout is a more seasoned writer, I liked this book better than the original, something I can’t recall having done before.
  • Great read

    By LizzieM
    Thoroughly enjoyable. I am. It much of a book critique but know what I like and this book is certainly well worth reading. Great characters all the way through.
  • Watch out at the end of this edition

    By senortubbs
    This is a fantastic book but in this edition, iBooks has tacked the first chapter of a *totally separate novel* on to the end of the book without warning. There's no suggestion that you've actually finished Olive Kitteridge and are now reading a preview chapter of another novel, Burgess Boys - which is very, very confusing. It left me thinking the book ended on a ridiculously jarring note with a random chapter that had nothing to do with Olive. (Olive Kitteridge is a collection of linked short stories, so each chapter is a different story). The publisher or iBooks needs to fix this.