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At over 1,500 reviews, I know my review won’t make a difference, but I just wrote a negative review, so I felt the need to balance things out. I’ll make this brief. This is one of the most outstanding novels I’ve ever read. I normally don’t reread books, but this one will be the exception. Stout tells small stories about small people, in a small town, but none of this is small, because Stout reveals that all of our stories–and yes this is an every person type of book, are beautiful. Stout’s empathetic authorial voice is beautiful. Beautiful is a word I use over and over describing this book. Her use of language is heart bracingly beautiful to the point where sometimes I had to put the book down just to absorb the profound pathos she describes. I promised a short review, so I will conclude by saying my life has been enriched by reading this novel. Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Thirteen linked tales from Strout (Abide with Me, etc.) present a heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of ordinary coastal Mainers living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection. The opening Pharmacy focuses on terse, dry junior high-school teacher Olive Kitteridge and her gregarious pharmacist husband, Henry, both of whom have survived the loss of a psychologically damaged parent, and both of whom suffer painful attractions to co-workers. Their son, Christopher, takes center stage in A Little Burst, which describes his wedding in humorous, somewhat disturbing detail, and in Security, where Olive, in her 70s, visits Christopher and his family in New York. Strout’s fiction showcases her ability to reveal through familiar details—the mother-of-the-groom’s wedding dress, a grandmother’s disapproving observations of how her grandchildren are raised—the seeds of tragedy. Themes of suicide, depression, bad communication, aging and love, run through these stories, none more vivid or touching than Incoming Tide, where Olive chats with former student Kevin Coulson as they watch waitress Patty Howe by the seashore, all three struggling with their own misgivings about life. Like this story, the collection is easy to read and impossible to forget. Its literary craft and emotional power will surprise readers unfamiliar with Strout. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Why do people read books? as escapism from one’s life? to be inspired by what one learns by reading to live a better life? Olive Kitteridge is a book about a woman who is true to herself, despite her family’s past, despite her own blunt personality and despite being married to a man she is not happy with although she knows he loves her despite herself. There are thirteen stories in which the character, Olive Kitteridge, appears. They are not all about her. But in each one, a facet of who she is is revealed. The book spans over twenty-five years so that the reader can see what happens to the awkward youth in junior school who grow up to get married, divorced and to think about life’s meaning themselves. Olive is not easy on those she loves and they hardly feel the commitment and loyalty she has towards them because of the manner in which she snaps at or criticizes them. She is quick to retort and slow to apologize (only once in their marriage. ) You might not like her but all of us knows someone like her. Moreover, many of us are like parts of her. The richness and depth of this character and the sublime ways by which her truest, deepest feelings are revealed make me appreciate how complex people and life are in my own family and the town we live in. Although the stories are set in a small town in Maine, I can see people’s behavior so similar to them paralleled in the working-class town I live in here in Central Massachusetts. The poignancy is striking because there seem to be no places on earth where family weaknesses and unrequited yearning do not exist side by side. It’s no wonder that this book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. -Read Reviews-
These 13 stories revolving around a small group of people living in a coastal Maine town is deeply moving and thought provoking. Psychological snapshots of the moments of our lives. These tales are finely wrought and expertly honed into little gems of introspection. The stories all involve the central character, Olive Kitteridge, in one way or another – each told from the perspective of either Olive or one of the townspeople. Each gives us an insight – a small glimpse through a lighted window – into a life of one of these townsfolk. Brilliantly crafted and stunning in their ability to expose deep feelings of love, loss, abandonment and the complexity of life, the scope and breadth of this novel is far greater than the sum of its 13 parts. Well worth a read and some reflection.