Author: Elizabeth Strout
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Random House
Published Date: October 15, 2019
Book Description: Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). TheNew 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 moments of transcendent grace.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Book Review: Let me start off by saying that I utterly adored Olive Kitteridge. Strout gave us this wry female heroin that I could not get enough of. Olive is back, she is older and even more crabby than before.
Like this first book, this is written in connected short stories, this book does follow more a steady timeline than Strout’s first version of Olive. We go back to Crosby, Maine and hear rich stories of her neighbors and Olive and her new love Jack.
Strout has the amazing capability to write wonderful stories about the mundane. Some of the stories will make you cry, some will make you laugh. Strout pretty much covers the entire spectrum.
To be fair, I will read anything Elizabeth Strout writes and probably love it. She is definitely one of my favorite authors.
Thank you NetGalley and Random House for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.