Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Table of Contents: Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge: FictionAuthor: Elizabeth Strout
Publisher/Year: Random House, 2008
Synopsis: Olive Kitteridge is "a novel of stories," that all revolve around Olive Kitteridge, a retired seventh-grade math teacher in Crosby, Maine. She's married to Henry, a kind pharmacist and they have one son. Olive, though, is a larger-than-life force to be reckoned with. She's large, stubborn, opinionated, and more than willing to speak her mind. The thirteen stories concern her relationship with her husband, her son, her neighbors, and her ex-students. Olive is more complex and feeling than she seems, and she struggles with the changes in her life.

What Others Have To Say
The New York Times
"...there are moments in which slipping into a character's viewpoint seems to involve the revelation of an emotion more powerful and interesting than simple fellow feeling - a complex, sometimes dark, sometimes life-sustaining dependency on others."

The Washington Post
"There are glimmers of warmth, of human connection, in even the darkest of these stories."

San Francisco Chronicle
"Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her."

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