Olive, Again

Olive, Again

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * 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

NAMED ONE OF FALL'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS BY People * Time * Entertainment Weekly * Vanity Fair * BuzzFeed * Vogue * USA Today * The Seattle Times * HuffPost * Newsday * Vulture * Bustle * Vox * PopSugar * Good Housekeeping * LitHub * Book Riot

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."

Praise for Olive, Again

"Olive is a brilliant creation not only because of her eternal cantankerousness but because she's as brutally candid with herself about her shortcomings as she is with others. Her honesty makes people strangely willing to confide in her, and the raw power of Ms. Strout's writing comes from these unvarnished exchanges, in which characters reveal themselves in all of their sadness and badness and confusion. . . . The great, terrible mess of living is spilled out across the pages of this moving book. Ms. Strout may not have any answers for it, but she isn't afraid of it either." -- The Wall Street Journal
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780812996548
0812996542
Branch Call Number: STROUT E
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm

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JackieRuesink
Nov 19, 2019

Barnes & Nobel recommendation

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susanrrs
Nov 18, 2019

I enjoyed "Olive, Again "even more than the original Strout novel about Olive. The novel is set in a small town in Maine. I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and some of the activities (like the baby shower) resembled those Strout tells us about in Crosby, Maine. I found myself laughing out loud at times even though the humor is sometimes on the dark side. Did we have any citizens as eccentric as Olive? I'll have to do some reminiscing.

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Einer2
Nov 04, 2019

Loved Olive the first time and again she did not disappoint!

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maipenrai
Oct 31, 2019

Eliazabeth Strout writes so beautifully that it is a joy to read every word. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more Olive and fewer ancillary characters. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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pamay2369
Oct 15, 2019

This follow up book is again based in coastal Maine. Olive's husband has passed away and Olive is older. Saw the author interviewed in Oct 2019 on PBS News Hr.

debwalker Sep 08, 2019

Sad and funny novel told in stories.

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