Olive Kitteridge

Strout, Elizabeth

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008.
Edition: Random House trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780812971835
Characteristics: 286 p. ;,21 cm.

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Mar 18, 2015
  • jr3083 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A series of interlinked stories set in present-day Maine. Crisply and economically told, emotionally wise. Fantastic.

Jan 27, 2015
  • AbbaSonHolySpirit rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I read in 2014.

Dec 10, 2014

Blah. Not at all in the same league as Alice Munroe. Is this a novel or a series of poorly connected short stories? Characters are not well defined at all and Olive herself is just miserable.

Nov 04, 2014
  • callaottawa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent excellent book. As good as Alice Munroe and that is high praise.

Sep 10, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Olive Kitteridge is a collection of thirteen well-crafted short stories, all set in small town Maine. Each story features the title character, some prominently and others just as a small cameo. Olive is a complex character, at times difficult and at times compassionate, but always very human. In this 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, every story has its rewards.

Sep 10, 2014
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had this book on my "to read" list forever and was thrilled when my book club selected it. I was not disappointed. It is beautifully written, with complex characters. It is a true portrait of many life struggles.

Jun 08, 2014
  • jrczak11004 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good read!

Jan 09, 2014
  • VPLlen rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The sense of petty self righteousness and anger in the main character made this a depressing read. Not a lot of happiness or joy that I could detect or even any sense of wonder at life. I wondered about half way if I should continue and I did but it wasn't very satisfying.

Dec 29, 2013
  • HannaBanana41 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable to read and a good story to get into. I liked the characters in it.

Jan 25, 2013

I enjoyed this style of "short stories" woven together for a novel. Olive Kitteredge is in everyone, beautifully written.

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Sep 08, 2010
  • nreynolds rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her. 286p.

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Dec 09, 2014
  • PimaLib_SherrieB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An innocent, Olive thinks, gazing at this woman. A real one. You don't find them anymore. Boy, you do not.

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