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Olive, Again

de Elizabeth Strout

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions. "Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I'd never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is."--Zadie Smith, The Guardian "Just as wonderful as the original . . . Olive, Again poignantly reminds us that empathy, a requirement for love, helps make life 'not unhappy.'"--NPR  NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time * Vogue * NPR * The Washington Post * Chicago Tribune * Vanity FairEntertainment Weekly * BuzzFeed * Esquire * Real SimpleGood Housekeeping * The New York Public Library * The Guardian * Evening Standard Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * BookPage   Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is "a compelling life force" (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout "animates the ordinary with an astonishing force," and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic 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 does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us--in Strout's words--"to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can." Praise for Olive, Again "Olive is a brilliant creation not only because of her eternal cantankerousness but because she's as brutally candid with herself about her shortcomings as she is with others. Her honesty makes people strangely willing to confide in her, and the raw power of Ms. Strout's writing comes from these unvarnished exchanges, in which characters reveal themselves in all of their sadness and badness and confusion. . . . The great, terrible mess of living is spilled out across the pages of this moving book. Ms. Strout may not have any answers for it, but she isn't afraid of it either."--The Wall Street Journal… (mais)
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Lovely, again. I loved all the objects stories and characters. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | Apr 23, 2024 |
To be frank, this is another piece for the rogue's gallery of "unnecessary sequels". The original novel, Olive Kitteridge, was a complete and satisfying entity, in no way crying out for an extension. And there's nothing new here. Strout follows the same format: a series of vaguely connected short stories, primarily linked through the appearance (sometimes tangential) of the title character. Many of the characters from the first book reappear, their lives often emptier or more defeated, yet finding hope and joy in the most mundane of moments. (I highly recommend these books as audiobooks, as the dialogue works so well in that format.)

Still, it's just such a pleasure to be in Olive's argumentative presence! So, all is forgiven, Ms. Strout.
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  therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
Reading this 2019 collection of interconnected short stories featuring Olive Kitteridge, I marvel again at Strout’s marriage of seemingly simple, clear prose and humanising character studies. Wonderful.

Favourite story was The Poet, but the last two stories, once Olive has moved into assisted living, are wonderful too. ( )
  CarltonC | Feb 18, 2024 |
Audio Book. A book about the loneliness in the lives of some of the people acquainted with Olive and with Olive herself. Thoughtful, funny and sad. Kirkus: The thorny matriarch of Crosby, Maine, makes a welcome return.As in Strout?s Pulitzer Prize?winning Olive Kitteridge (2008, etc.), the formidable title character is always a presence but not always onstage in these 13 interconnected tales of loneliness, loss, and love in its many flawed incarnations. Olive has not become any easier to like since her husband, Henry, died two years ago; ?stupid? is a favorite adjective, and ?phooey to you? a frequent term of dismissal. But over the course of about a decade we see Olive struggling, in her flinty way, to become ?oh, just a tinytiny¥bit better as a person.? Her second marriage, to Jack Kennison, helps. ?I like you, Olive,? he says. ?I?m not sure why, really. But I do.? Readers will feel the same, as she brusquely comforts a former student with cancer in ?Light? and commiserates with the grieving daughter-in-law she has never much liked in ?Motherless Child.? Yet that story ends with Olive?s desolate conclusion that she is largely responsible for her fraught relationship with her son: ?She herself had [raised] a motherless child.? Parents are estranged from children, husbands from wives, siblings from each other in this keening portrait of a world in which each of us is fundamentally alone and never truly knows even those we love the most. This is not the whole story, Strout demonstrates with her customary empathy and richness of detail. ?You must have been a very good mother,? Olive?s doctor says after observing Christopher in devoted attendance at the hospital after she has a heart attack, and the daughter of an alcoholic mother and dismissive, abusive father finds a nurturing substitute in her parents? lawyer in ?Helped.? The beauty of the natural world provides a sustaining counterpoint to charged human interactions in which ?there were so many things that could not be said.? There?s no simple truth about human existence, Strout reminds us, only wonderful, painful complexity. ?Well, that?s life," Olive says. "Nothing you can do about it.?Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
Brilliant, again. ( )
  rockvillemama | Jan 24, 2024 |
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In the early afternoon on a Saturday in June, Jack Kennison put on his sunglasses, got into his sports car with the top down, strapped the seatbelt over his shoulder and across his large stomach, and drove to Portland---almost an hour away---to buy a gallon of whiskey rather than bump into Olive Kitteridge at the grocery store here in Crosby, Maine.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions. "Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I'd never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is."--Zadie Smith, The Guardian "Just as wonderful as the original . . . Olive, Again poignantly reminds us that empathy, a requirement for love, helps make life 'not unhappy.'"--NPR  NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time * Vogue * NPR * The Washington Post * Chicago Tribune * Vanity FairEntertainment Weekly * BuzzFeed * Esquire * Real SimpleGood Housekeeping * The New York Public Library * The Guardian * Evening Standard Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * BookPage   Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is "a compelling life force" (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout "animates the ordinary with an astonishing force," and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic 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 does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us--in Strout's words--"to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can." Praise for Olive, Again "Olive is a brilliant creation not only because of her eternal cantankerousness but because she's as brutally candid with herself about her shortcomings as she is with others. Her honesty makes people strangely willing to confide in her, and the raw power of Ms. Strout's writing comes from these unvarnished exchanges, in which characters reveal themselves in all of their sadness and badness and confusion. . . . The great, terrible mess of living is spilled out across the pages of this moving book. Ms. Strout may not have any answers for it, but she isn't afraid of it either."--The Wall Street Journal

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