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Olive, Again 1 New York Times Bestselling Author And Pulitzer Prize Winner Elizabeth Strout Continues The Life Of Her Beloved Olive Kitteridge, A Character Who Has Captured The Imaginations Of Millions Of Readers.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 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. For those who loved Olive Kitteridge, as I did, have no fear Olive is still Olive And for those who have loved Strout s previous books, a few characters make an appearance in this one Olive is still the crusty, prickly, and judgmental woman who says what she thinks But, she s mellowing Perhaps it s the indignities of aging, or the fact that at her age the losses mount up quickly, but Olive takes a long hard look at herself and doesn t always like what she sees As Olive deals with the harsh realities of getting older, she must also face some harsh truths about herself There s a particularly poignant moment when Olive realizes that how others see her is far different than she sees herself Her eyes are opened that she has reaped what she has sown Which should give satisfaction, but instead it made me even empathetic, because the source of Olive s dysfunction is damage done in childhood She doesn t want to be the way she is It s complicated, this life of ours We see her struggling to be a better person, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much But as we saw in the first book, Olive has a soft center and can be incredibly understanding and kind as she reaches out to others who are hurting Then the next moment she s judgmental and ugly Perhaps she is like most of us than we care to admit, a combination of great characteristics with some not so nice ones Olive simply says some things out loud that most of us might only think, as when she declares the art at a local art fair to be crap I loved that this book caused me to think and reflect I could only read two stories at a time before stopping to absorb and discuss what I d just read If you aren t in the mood to read about illness, death, and the indignities of aging, then you might want to set this aside for later Having just lost my mother a few months ago, there were parts that were painfully true to life As difficult as it was for me, I appreciate that Strout doesn t sugarcoat the reality Strout writes beautifully and with enormous empathy for the human condition, and is one of the few authors who writes about ordinary lives in an extraordinary way But, as in any collection, some of the stories resonated while others, not so much I confess that several had me scratching my head for days I simply couldn t figure out why they were included or what purpose they served to the overall story Except perhaps this people are complicated and we are all struggling with the reality of being flawed humans in a flawed world Highly recommended, this would make an excellent choice for book clubs I m glad I had Marialyce as my book buddy to discuss this with as we read This was going to be a solid 4 stars for the reasons I mentioned above, but days later I am still thinking about this book, so for that, it got bumped up to 5 stars I received a digital copy of the book via NetGalley All opinions are my own For this and other reviews please visit Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature, of our shared condition and she reminds us that life is full of a struggle of some kind for pretty much all of us In Crosby, Maine you ll find characters dealing with loneliness, infidelity, alcoholism, sickness, aging, death, regrets, so many regrets Thankfully, there also is friendship and love and empathy that Olive Kittridge finds within herself to give, because the truths about life are dauntingly sad at times More than once I stopped between stories to take a breath This is Crosby, Maine, the small coastal town where our old friend Olive Kittridge lives In reality it could be anywhere, but of course it wouldn t be the same unless Olive was there She ll tell you exactly what she thinks about you in brutally honest words She s not the best wife or mother and honestly she can be pretty brash, but it becomes obvious, though, that in spite of the things she says she cares I found at times her softer side, her vulnerable side that aren t alway evident I can t say I liked Olive very much when I started reading Olive Kitteridge, but by the end of that book I realized how many people she had positively impacted as a teacher and as a neighbor And by the end of this book, I thought how lucky some of these characters were to have Olive in their lives and I felt for Olive as she endures her own challenges.As in the first book, Strout skillfully weaves separate stories together, with Olive as the thread, but these books for me felt like novels On the one hand it s Olive s story as she reaches her seventies and eighties She s older and maybe a little self aware, but always trying to understand herself She s the center of a number of the stories and we come to know about her as she comes to know about herself Some of the stories will give you that gut punch, when Olive comes to painful moments of recognition about her family, her friends and acquaintances and of course herself In some of the stories she makes a real connection and engages with another character and only makes an appearance in others Crosby and this book are populated with realistic characters, including Olive who are filled with fears, flaws, frailties that are easily recognizable in ourselves What can I say about the writing, other than its impeccable I felt the pull of these characters from the opening lines of pretty much every story Strout is a fabulous story teller and is on my list of favorite writers I definitely recommend that Olive Kitteridge be read first in order to fully appreciate the place in her life where Olive has come at the end of this book I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley. Powerful emotional truthfulness and unforgettable narrative Brilliant novel Olive was aware of ludicrous behaviors unspeakable things spoken but what she did not understand is why she and her son, Christopher should walk into old age with a high and horrible wall between them Olive could be blunt, forthright, frank, and candid She had strong opinions and judgements she hated people who were late etc I happened to feel as strong as Olive did about a scene at a baby shower A third gift was presented to Marlene s daughter, and Olive distinctly felt distress She could not imagine how long it would take this child to unwrap every goddamn gift on the table and put the ribbons so carefully on the goddamn paper plate, and then everyone had to wait wait while every gift was passed around She thought she had never heard of such foolishness in her life It was easy to understand Olive s impatience and judgements Of course she kept her thoughts to herself but they were so human I could just picture that baby shower the happy smiling guests but also Olive at 70ish years old and her annoyance Another scene was puzzling and quite disturbing I honestly wondered where in the world was this coming from Kayley, was a young girl who took pleasure and money from a man Mr Ringrose whom she cleaned house for while unbuttoning her blouse He watched said thank you then left her an envelope with cash This went on for nine weeks There was no one Kayley could tell about what had happened, and this knowledge stayed in her and made her almost constantly unwell I won t say how the short story ends but it s one to scratch your head with wonder I wasn t prepared to feel so sad in some of these short stories but I did Olive barely made it though a visit with her son, Christopher his wife, Annabelle and their three kids Olive was exhausted Some quiet cruelty coldness was making me feel depleted I felt so sad witnessing the detachment and bitterness between the bratty children and their grandmother the imperfections of Olive never being able to do anything right not even having enough milk or Cheerios My heart was breaking for the pain of each of the family members but I especially felt sad for Olive.To have to feel rejected judged by your adult children and grandchildren while dealing with aging has got to really hurt It s a lonely hurt that author, Elizabeth Strout soooooo masterly and gracefully understands Her skill of unraveling the complexities of family life and relationships is written with deep compassion for humanity It was so easy to imagine the different characters muddling through carrying on enduring the necessary sorrows and joys of their lives well beyond the pages This book could easily be a stand alone Strout binds together rich narratives crafted much like she did years ago with her Pulitzer winning novel Olive Kitteridge with great insights, tensions, humor, startling sadness, and compassion One of the most emotionally radiant novels about family and what divides us in our relationships and definitely about aging.that I ve read in years Olive who has become a baggy old woman thought about this The way people can love those they barely know, and how abiding that love can be, even when as in her own case it was temporary Kudos huge kudos and congrats to Elizabeth Strout for writing again a keenly observed lustrously imagined marvelous novel Thank you Random House, Netgalley, and the astonishing Elizabeth Strout Introspection Olive, Again is a novel that is boldly observant, honest and searches for apperception The story of the indomitable Olive Kitteridge follows on two years after her husband Henry s death Olive is a little introspective on how she, as a person, her behaviour and relationships have evolved as she ages into her eighties, especially as she experiences loss and loneliness Two years after Henry s death, Olive starts a relationship with Jack Kennison, which is touching and meaningful Jack is also a widower with some history, where an unfortunate affair and dubious sexual assault claim with a colleague ended his career as a Professor at Harvard University Jack s relationship with Olive develops and while it creates new possibilities and feelings it opens the door on how they behaved towards their respective spouses How they both missed them and how they feel about each other It also sparks the realisation that people hide emotions and worries they can t explain, which subconsciously agitates prejudices towards the world Olive is a person who doesn t step reservedly into how she perceives the world and how quick she is to comment about people in it As Jack notes,People either didn t know how they felt about something or they chose never to say how they really felt about something And this is why he missed Olive KitteridgeOlive uncloaks her deepest disquieting memories and reflects for the first time that she may have contributed to the broken or strained relationships she had, especially with Henry and her son, Christopher Considering her marriage to Henry, she reflects that as the years passed the distant her heart became and the needier his became Wondering about her son s marriage, Olive catches a glimpse of some hidden moments The door to their relationship slightly opening Peering into the interior and seeing what she was not meant to seeHer son had married his motherThis was how Olive had behaved to her husband, not realising thatshe herself had raised a motherless son The novel delivers what a special book does beyond entertainment it creates the scope to connect the writing to our own stories or those not far away It enables us to view issues through a different lens and wonder are these the events we couldn t face or appreciate We push these notions into the darkest corners of our mind and wrestle with them when we let them loose Several are let loose in this novel with outcomes of remorse, pain, heartbreak and guilt While I felt the first book had an overarching theme of betrayal this book searches for understanding and resolution and uses various threads to provide amazing glimpses into the difficulties people face in life, especially with the burden of illness, family misunderstandings or psychological trauma The scenarios are intriguing and captivating and along with beautiful prose and astounding characterisations, this book is a joy to read I felt this book was slightly better than the first It was much less a work of short stories and a solid narrative of Olive with threads that expand around her.This is one of my favourite books of the year and it certainly didn t disappoint after the long wait for the sequel I highly recommend reading this book and I d like to thank Penguin Books, Viking and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review.

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