[Olive Again [BOOK] Free Read eBook by Elizabeth Strout – Kindle ePUB or Book

Read & Download Olive Again

Olive Again

Olive Again Read Å 104 Read & Download Olive Again Er 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 grac. In a knot in a knotScrunching twisting sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn t do me like the last one did sung in a bluesy voice Oh this book is good very good a 4 star read in fact and it s sitting on my 2019 Runners Up shelf as nice and happy as it can be So it s nuts to sound so disappointed It s just that the magic wasn t there like it was in Olive Kitteridge the moments when the words and the sentences dance in my head and turn me into a crazed pogo sticker Maybe it s just me My expectations were high as the sky and I should have followed my mantra and lowered them We all know that Olive Kitteridge is an insanely hard act to follow Man I must stop this Stop complaining and just talk about all the good Olive oh Olive She s so vivid and cool And of course there s always the uestion why do we love her like we do when she really is so gruff and selfish There s Strout doing her thing making us like her As Olive ages she becomes way less obnoxious and cantankerous In fact she has MELLOWED She even helps people which if she did in the first book I don t remember A few times Olive asks people what their life is like Although this is an excellent way to try to draw out people s secrets and get them to reveal their souls and a good way for the author to get character info out to the reader lol I m not sure Olive would really have been that interested in other people to ask them this uestion But I go back and forth on this Olive is less self absorbed and she s lonely So isn t that a recipe for reaching out to othersOlive also with age becomes and self aware Strout does that thing of getting into Olive s head so well going into everyone s head actually in a way that pulls out the heart She goes into thoughts and out comes feelings As always Strout cuts to the bone You re going along thinking the characters are boring when slowly they start to reveal their inside story which is usually a sad one We just have to look close enough and Strout makes it easy by giving us the magnifying glass What I love the most about the stories is how deep the conversations become which makes the characters so real and complex Olive wants REAL and Olive gets it There s often a pattern niceties are exchanged so at first it looks like it s the same old inane and mundane chit chat that s going nowhere and then before you know it the characters often strangers or acuaintances are talking about how they feel disappointment with their spouses or kids fear of aging and death loneliness grief regrets their mistakes or bad luck Strout makes these conversations happen seamlessly and it never seems fake Wouldn t it feel richer if all our own conversations were that real and honest Sometimes I wondered if Strout was stretching it would people really open up that much But she s so skillful in her setups I buy it Any little doubt I have gets eaten up by a big I Don t Care Anyway What we end up seeing and what s so touching is the rich connections people make and the love and pain that exists within families All of the thirteen stories end with poignant moments which is always satisfying even if there isn t necessarily closureThis book picks up right where Olive Kitteridge left off the first story here is about Jack who was in the last story in the earlier book As with the first book Olive stars in her own stories but she often makes cameo appearances in others For example in one story her only appearance is when she passes by a woman buying a painting at a street fair She mutters aloud something along the lines of That s crap And just those few words affect how the buyer viewed the picture once she got it home How could it not We get to see Olive through the eyes of people in her town as well through her own eyesOne of the reasons that Olive is so endearing is that she hates pretension and prejudice So it s funny when Jack calls her a reverse snob A comment like that and there are several in this book stopped me in my tracks and made me think about Olive s outlook and outlooks in real life I love it that Strout stirs the pot and makes you thinkAs I started each story I was panting hoping for scoop about people I met in the first book Instead new people were constantly being introduced which got annoying as I had to remember a bunch of new names But if Strout had continued with some of the original characters I would have had to reread stories in Olive Kitteridge to keep track which would have been a royal pain so careful what I wish for We did get follow ups on some people and I slurped up their stories like I was dying of thirst Ha and one nasty person from book 1 got theirs in book 2 and that s always oh so satisfying Way to go StroutI could bring out the Complaint Board but I just don t want to write the words Complaint Board all bold face and vivid It s Strout Come on I just can t So about that missing magicI m trying to figure out why I said this book doesn t have the magic that Olive Kitteridge does and here are the reasons I came up with The language just doesn t make the hair on my arms stand up Making sentences sing is an art and with Strout s simplistic sentences it s even harder to do I ve read Strout s My Name Is Lucy Barton and I had the same problem just some little thing in the language didn t click with me Maybe it seemed over simplistic With Anything Is Possible and Olive Kitteridge the language absolutely mesmerized me Hair on my arms standing up all over the place The stories here don t have as many surprises or twists The stories are WAY depressing Too much introspection and philosophizing at the cost of plot I had fewer favorite stories in this collection and even they seemed a little less powerful than the earlier Olive stories Hands down favorite story The Poet About a conversation between Olive and a former student who became a famous poet OMG is this a great story Ends with uite a zinger I want to go reread that one right nowRunners up include Cleaning A disturbing story about a teenager cleaning houses The End of the Civil War Days A house with duct tape that divides territory and a daughter with a secret life Labor Olive s thoughts while a mom to be opens presents at a baby shower are priceless The scene made me laugh and it made me nod Oh poor Olive And there s a big unexpected event which changes the story entirelyThe fact that the stories are so depressing is a big deal for me Maybe it s worse because the stories are so realistic And as Olive got older I got older The physical and psychological problems that old people have are huge and ugly and Strout gently shoves them in our faces I see sawed between feeling like the last couple of stories were cathartic and feeling like I couldn t stand another minute of reading about all the gloom ahead for me Besides if I want catharsis my old fart friends are just a phone call away I have a major senior birthday coming up here next month The problems of the aging Olive hit way too close to home So this of course is not a criticism of the book it s just that the subject matter bummed me out too much I m thinking that if you re under 65 you ll have an easier time reading this book it may not depress you you ll be able to fully appreciate the beauty of the stories the art of this amazing writer without thinking uh oh I could be next There s talk about the fear of death Again on one hand I love that Strout covers such a real and important topic one that no one wants to talk about but on the other hand reading about it makes me anxious as hell It s times like this that I say bring on the funny bring on fantasy lives I read for escape to help me avoid thinking about scary things that I have no power to change This book didn t take me far enough away from realityDespite my complaints I recommend this book Strout is a master storyteller Her stories are intense her characters are vivid and complex I highlighted a gazillion sentences and paragraphs which I only do when I m super engaged and impressed There s so much wisdom in this book If you loved Olive Kitteridge you ll love this book If you didn t read Olive Kitteridge yet you don t have to read it first but I think it makes the experience of reading this one a little richer I hope hope hope that they do another TV series based on Olive s life But they d absolutely have to get Frances McDormand to play Olive again I think hair and makeup artists could make her age perfectly Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy Pleins feux sur le tutu to accept Bogwoppit the unforgettable Olive will continue Middle School The Worst Years of My Life to startle us Dip to move us and The Day Louis Got Eaten to inspire moments of Measuring Time transcendent grac. In a knot in a knotScrunching Jerusalem twisting sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn Bound to Submit t do me like Oil on Water the last one did sung in a bluesy voice Oh Officer Nurse Woman The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War WarSocietyCulture this book is good very good a 4 star read in fact and it s sitting on my 2019 Runners Up shelf as nice and happy as it can be So it s nuts Ghostwalk to sound so disappointed It s just Angel Be Good that Stepping Stone and Love Machine the magic wasn Az élet álom t Le città invisibili there like it was in Olive Kitteridge Amberville the moments when Summer Horse Saddle Club #67 the words and Zuckerman Unbound the sentences dance in my head and Saturday Reuiem turn me into a crazed pogo sticker Maybe it s just me My expectations were high as The Mark of Cain the sky and I should have followed my mantra and lowered Every Pretty Thing Darby McCormick #7 them We all know Forgiving Keven that Olive Kitteridge is an insanely hard act Cincuenta sombras de Grey / Fifty Shades of Grey (Trilogía Cincuenta Sombras) to follow Man I must stop Escape this Stop complaining and just Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children the good Olive oh Olive She s so vivid and cool And of course Forsaking All Others Kimani Romance there s always Command Authority the uestion why do we love her like we do when she really is so gruff and selfish There s Strout doing her Reunion the first book I don Reheated Cabbage t remember A few Its OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids times Olive asks people what The Friend Zone End of the Line #1 their life is like Although No Mean Glasgow this is an excellent way Going Too FarThe Old Girl Network Omnibus Edition to Three by Ati Rahimi try Brute Force to draw out people s secrets and get Scoop them Dying For Christmas to reveal Landscape with Chainsaw Poems their souls and a good way for Compact City Series the author The Devils Scribe The Taker #15 to get character info out A Nest of Vipers to Kikker is bedroefd the reader lol I m not sure Olive would really have been A Season of Ghosts that interested in other people Holacracy to ask Driftwood them I Capture the CastleThe Secret Garden this Olive is less self absorbed and she s lonely So isn An Extraordinary Time t Service With a Smile that a recipe for reaching out Almost the Euinox Selected Poems that In Flanders Fields thing of getting into Olive s head so well going into everyone s head actually in a way Sucking Eggs What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You About Diet Thrift Going Green that pulls out A Dubious Legacy the heart She goes into Lee Raven Boy Thief thoughts and out comes feelings As always Strout cuts Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes Over 150 Healthy and Delicious Dishes for Your Young Family to Third Shift Shift #3 the bone You re going along Fairytale Food they start Weekend Warrior to reveal The Mennyms their inside story which is usually a sad one We just have Envious Casca to look close enough and Strout makes it easy by giving us Get Me Out of Here the magnifying glass What I love Tender at the Bone Growing Up at the Table the most about Forgotten Voices Desert Victory the conversations become which makes Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories the characters so real and complex Olive wants REAL and Olive gets it There s often a pattern niceties are exchanged so at first it looks like it s Intimate Strangers the same old inane and mundane chit chat Deadlock Ryan Lock #2 that s going nowhere and The Paper Trail An Unexpected History of the World's Greatest Invention then before you know it How Ireland Really Went Bust by Matt Cooper the characters often strangers or acuaintances are Our TownThe Skin of Our TeethThe Matchmaker talking about how Widow's Walk they feel disappointment with The Fate of the Tearling their spouses or kids fear of aging and death loneliness grief regrets The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage their mistakes or bad luck Strout makes Take Me with You t it feel richer if all our own conversations were A Grant County Collection that much But she s so skillful in her setups I buy it Any little doubt I have gets eaten up by a big I Don Heaven t Care Anyway What we end up seeing and what s so Death of a Salaryman touching is Unidentified Poetic Object the rich connections people make and Love Hurts The True Story of a Life Destroyed the love and pain Henry and June From The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin that exists within families All of A Splash of Magic thirteen stories end with poignant moments which is always satisfying even if Dead Woman Walking there isn Bunchy t necessarily closureThis book picks up right where Olive Kitteridge left off Under the Net the last story in Stripped the earlier book As with On the Bare the first book Olive stars in her own stories but she often makes cameo appearances in others For example in one story her only appearance is when she passes by a woman buying a painting at a street fair She mutters aloud something along Sterner Stuff the lines of That s crap And just Fogged Up Fairy Tale the buyer viewed The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume Two the picture once she got it home How could it not We get Stars from Another Sky The Bombay Film World of the 1940s to see Olive Kiss Me First through Visiting Mrs Nabokov the eyes of people in her On Mother Brown's Doorstep town as well Radionics Interface with the Ether Fields the reasons Gardeners' World Top Tips that Olive is so endearing is Ghostwalk that she hates pretension and prejudice So it s funny when Jack calls her a reverse snob A comment like Bad Advice that and Elena's Destiny Black Lace Series there are several in Our Street East End Life in the Second World War this book stopped me in my After Freud Left tracks and made me Strangers On the Roof think about Olive s outlook and outlooks in real life I love it Planet of Microbes that Strout stirs Power Failure the pot and makes you Audrey cow thinkAs I started each story I was panting hoping for scoop about people I met in Corsair the first book Instead new people were constantly being introduced which got annoying as I had Drug Abuse Prevention to remember a bunch of new names But if Strout had continued with some of El Encanto the original characters I would have had Pederastas to reread stories in Olive Kitteridge The Dark Side of Game Texturing to keep Gustave Caillebotte track which would have been a royal pain so careful what I wish for We did get follow ups on some people and I slurped up Solo their stories like I was dying of Solo thirst Ha and one nasty person from book 1 got The Convert A Tale of Exile and Extremism theirs in book 2 and Die Signatur der Seele that s always oh so satisfying Way Infernal Devices to go StroutI could bring out 5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics BC 2012 2013 Edition 5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series t want Sea Monsters to write Taschenlehrbuch Histologie the words Complaint Board all bold face and vivid It s Strout Come on I just can Return of the Young Cherry Cheerleader t So about Saltar al vacío that missing magicI m Very Nice trying All the Wrong Moves this book doesn AVAILABLE LIGHT t have The Warlow Experiment the magic The Wedding Party that Olive Kitteridge does and here are Too Many Tribbles t make The Next Decade the hair on my arms stand up Making sentences sing is an art and with Strout s simplistic sentences it s even harder If the Raindrops United to do I ve read Strout s My Name Is Lucy Barton and I had EE Cummings The Growth of a Writer Arcturus Paperbacks the same problem just some little Nope Never Not for Me thing in Straight Poems 1971 1975 the language didn Le Faucon afghanUn voyage au pays de Talibans t click with me Maybe it seemed over simplistic With Anything Is Possible and Olive Kitteridge Salome the language absolutely mesmerized me Hair on my arms standing up all over The Devil Went Down to Austin the place The stories here don Andromeda Klein t have as many surprises or Viva La Madness the cost of plot I had fewer favorite stories in Darkness Burning this collection and even Beef Up Your Brain they seemed a little less powerful Le salon des berces than Jungle Tales Celtic Memories of an Epic Stand the earlier Olive stories Hands down favorite story The Poet About a conversation between Olive and a former student who became a famous poet OMG is World Cup WAGS this a great story Ends with uite a zinger I want Easy Arabic Grammar to go reread The American Lover that one right nowRunners up include Cleaning A disturbing story about a The City of Heavenly Tranuillity Beijing in the History of China teenager cleaning houses The End of Goldilocks and the Three Bears First Favourite Tales the Civil War Days A house with duct Gladiator Fight for Freedom tape E penguara Reuiem për Linda B that divides Stumbling Giants thoughts while a mom Dead South Rising there s a big unexpected event which changes HellFire the story entirelyThe fact Auditing It Infrastructures for Compliance the stories are so depressing is a big deal for me Maybe it s worse because Becky Bryan's Secret the stories are so realistic And as Olive got older I got older The physical and psychological problems Live Right 4 Your Type that old people have are huge and ugly and Strout gently shoves Doctor Who The Shining Man them in our faces I see sawed between feeling like Lourdes Body and Spirit in the Secular Age the last couple of stories were cathartic and feeling like I couldn Rethinking Revolution New Strategies for Democracy Social JusticeThe Experiences of Eritrea South Africa Palestine Nicaragua t stand another minute of reading about all Doctor Who Illegal Alien the gloom ahead for me Besides if I want catharsis my old fart friends are just a phone call away I have a major senior birthday coming up here next month The problems of Sylvan Summer Smart Workbook the aging Olive hit way Dr Seusss I Love Pop too close Peter le chat debout to home So Up Up Up Down this of course is not a criticism of Can You See Me? the book it s just Anna Elsa #1 that Endless Haven #45 the subject matter bummed me out Mythical Creatures Boxed Set too much I m Dumbo Deluxe Step into Reading thinking Pigs in Heaven that if you re under 65 you ll have an easier Flubby Is Not a Good Pet time reading Forever In My Heart Dennehy Sisters #3 this book it may not depress you you ll be able Spot Goes to the Beach color Spot to fully appreciate Goodnight Princess the beauty of How to be a Teenage Millionaire the stories Direct Flight to Murder the art of Power Engineering thinking uh oh I could be next There s The Intimate Bond talk about La catedral del mar the fear of death Again on one hand I love Robotics Demystified that Strout covers such a real and important Focus on Apple Aperture that no one wants Memoria de mis putas tristes to The Art Of Probability the other hand reading about it makes me anxious as hell It s Torrent Slow Burn #5 times like The Ghost Garden this Dr Seusss Spooky Things that I say bring on The Logic of Expression the funny bring on fantasy lives I read for escape A Puppy for Miguel DisneyPixar Coco to help me avoid Alpha and Omega things Changed into an Asian Schoolgirl that I have no power Poetry of the Thirties to change This book didn Selected Poems take me far enough away from realityDespite my complaints I recommend On Tour this book Strout is a master storyteller Her stories are intense her characters are vivid and complex I highlighted a gazillion sentences and paragraphs which I only do when I m super engaged and impressed There s so much wisdom in In the Dream House this book If you loved Olive Kitteridge you ll love The Maze this book If you didn The Midwife's Special Delivery t read Olive Kitteridge yet you don My Paris Kitchen Recipes and Stories to read it first but I Un Pez DOS Peces Pez Rojo Pez Azul think it makes Jane Against the World the experience of reading The Wifes Tale this one a little richer I hope hope hope Under the Rainbow that The Making of a Sonnet A Norton Anthology they do another TV series based on Olive s life But Maigret hésite they d absolutely have Everything We Ever Wanted to play Olive again I Richard Scarry's Naughty Bunny to NetGalley for

Summary Ü PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Elizabeth Strout

Olive Again Read Å 104 Read & Download Olive Again The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby Maine Whether with a teenager comin. 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 challengesAs 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 acuaintances 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 The Snake Mistake Mystery The Great Mistake Mysteries #3 to understand not only herself and her own life but also The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded the lives of Der Turm Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land those around her in The Seeds of Time the The New Black Mourning Melancholia and Depression town of Crosby Maine Whether with a Third Time Lucky Oxford Blue #3 teenager comin. Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature of our shared condition and she reminds us Two Hours 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 Finding Us Finding #3 there also is friendship and love and empathy The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings truths about life are dauntingly sad at The Girl in the Glass Tower to The Great Divide take a breath This is Crosby Maine The Lady and the Peacock the small coastal Flights of Fancy Leaps of Faith Children's Myths in Contemporary America town where our old friend Olive Kittridge lives In reality it could be anywhere but of course it wouldn The Real Deal My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons' Den t be The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories thinks about you in brutally honest words She s not Im Winter der Löwen the best wife or mother and honestly she can be pretty brash but it becomes obvious The Malay Archipelago The Land of the Orang utan and the Bird of Paradise A Narrative of Travel with Studies of Man and Nature though The Not So Invisible Woman that in spite of The Boss Black Lace things she says she cares I found at Captain Greys Lady times her softer side her vulnerable side The Handmaidens that aren My Bossy Dolly t alway evident I can Maternal Justice Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition t say I liked Olive very much when I started reading Olive Kitteridge but by The Ascent of Rum Doodle the end of A Bachelors Baby that book I realized how many people she had positively impacted as a The Carpenters Daughter teacher and as a neighbor And by A Talent for Surrender Nexus the end of Stepbrother Dearest thought how lucky some of Mystery in Spiderville these characters were Spring to have Olive in Den inre kretsen their lives and I felt for Olive as she endures her own challengesAs in A time for being human the first book Strout skillfully weaves separate stories Stanley and the Women together with Olive as The Gene An Intimate History the The Empty Hand thread but Seasons of Splendour Tales Myths Legends of India these books for me felt like novels On Stage Mum 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 A Village AffairA Passionate ManThe Rector's Wife trying The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships to understand herself She s Salvage the center of a number of Thin Air Jessica Shaw #1 the stories and we come Mo Hayder 2 Book Bundle to know about herself Some of Broken Horse Saddle Club #61 the stories will give you Sarah Key's Back Sufferer's Bible that gut punch when Olive comes Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare to painful moments of recognition about her family her friends and acuaintances and of course herself In some of How Baking Works this book are populated with realistic characters including Olive who are filled with fears flaws frailties The Summer House the writing other The Seance than its impeccable I felt Crap Crimes the pull of Horse Tale Saddle Club #35 these characters from The Best of Daughters the opening lines of pretty much every story Strout is a fabulous story Unclaimed Experience Trauma Narrative and History teller and is on my list of favorite writers I definitely recommend Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) to fully appreciate The Inbetweeners Scriptbook the place in her life where Olive has come at Out of Breath Breathing #3 the end of May and Amy A True Story of Family Forbidden Love and the Secret Lives of May Gaskell Her Daughter Amy and Sir Edward Burne Jones this book I received an advanced copy of Moby Dick; or The Whale this book from Random House Den dubbla tystnaden through NetGalley

Elizabeth Strout ✓ 4 Read

Olive Again Read Å 104 Read & Download Olive Again G 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 lawy. 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 uick 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 Kitteridge Olive uncloaks her deepest disuieting 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 see Her son had married his mother This was how Olive had behaved to her husband not realising that she 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 herThis is one of my favourite books of the year and it certainly didn t disappoint after the long wait for the seuel 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

  • Hardcover
  • 289
  • Olive Again
  • Elizabeth Strout
  • English
  • 02 April 2017
  • 9780812996548