NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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
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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.”
I was lucky enough years ago to win an ARC of Olive Kitteridge. I have the same feelings about that book which I have about this book. I just feel depressed when I read them. Did I enjoy both books? ABSOLUTELY! But, there is just something about Olive which depresses me. And to be honest, I think it is the way she loves people…she cannot find the joy in that love. And lots of people do not like Olive for this very reason. She is prickly, ornery and cantankerous.
However, this has not stopped me from reading all the Olive books. There is just something about that woman that draws me in. She is tough, independent and a hard worker. And then, there is her kindness. It is so out of the ordinary. It is not a side she shows often and when she does, it completely surprises the reader and you see a totally different side of this wonderful character.
This story has fantastic characters and it is amazingly well written. This whole series is not to be missed! Olive is…just Olive.