- Publish Date: 2008-09-30
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Elizabeth Strout
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE â¢ THE EMMY AWARDâWINNING HBO MINISERIES STARRING FRANCES MCDORMAND, RICHARD JENKINS, AND BILL MURRAY
In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.
At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writerâs eyes, itâs in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human dramaâdesire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.
At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesnât always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Oliveâs own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.
As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her lifeâsometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human conditionâits conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY
People â¢ USA Today â¢ The Atlantic â¢ The Washington Post Book World â¢ Seattle Post-Intelligencer â¢ Entertainment Weekly â¢ The Christian Science Monitor â¢ San Francisco Chronicle â¢ Salon â¢ San Antonio Express-News â¢ Chicago Tribune â¢ The Wall Street Journal
âPerceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Stroutâs unforgettable novel in stories.ââO: The Oprah Magazine
âFiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . Youâll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff.ââUSA Today
âFunny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When sheâs not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her.ââSan Francisco Chronicle
âOlive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph.ââSeattle Post-Intelligencer
âRarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch.ââEntertainment Weekly
âStrout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air.ââThe New Yorker
From the Hardcover edition.