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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 Lost Empress to accept A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi the unforgettable Olive will continue The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, to startle us Schlump to move us and The Prodigys Cousin to inspire moments of The Demons of Ghent (Forbidden Spaces, transcendent grac In a knot in a knotScrunching Pleins feux sur le tutu (San-Antonio twisting sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn Bogwoppit t do me like Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life the last one did sung in a bluesy voice Oh Dip 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 The Day Louis Got Eaten to sound so disappointed It s just Measuring Time that Jerusalem the magic wasn Bound to Submit t Oil on Water there like it was in Olive Kitteridge Officer, Nurse, Woman the moments when Ghostwalk the words and Angel Be Good the sentences dance in my head and Stepping Stone and Love Machine turn me into a crazed pogo sticker Maybe it s just me My expectations were high as Life is a Dream the sky and I should have followed my mantra and lowered უხილავი ქალაქები them We all know Amberville (Mollisan Town Quartet, that Olive Kitteridge is an insanely hard act Summer Horse (Saddle Club, to follow Man I must stop Zuckerman Unbound this Stop complaining and just Ténébreux samedi talk about all The Mark of Cain (Long Lankin, the good Olive oh Olive She s so vivid and cool And of course Every Pretty Thing (Darby McCormick, there s always Forgiving Keven the uestion why do we love her like we do when she really is so gruff and selfish There s Strout doing her Cincuenta Sombras de Grey (Trilogía Cincuenta Sombras) 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 Escape the first book I don The Nativity t remember A few Miss Peregrine (Miss Peregrine, times Olive asks people what Forsaking All Others their life is like Although Command Authority this is an excellent way The Warburgs to Reunion try Reheated Cabbage to draw out people s secrets and get Its OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids them The Friend Zone to reveal No Mean Glasgow their souls and a good way for Going Too Far/The Old Girl Network the author Three by Atiq Rahimi to get character info out Brute Force (Nick Stone, to Work Suspended and other stories including Basil Seal Rides Again the reader lol I m not sure Olive would really have been Dying For Christmas that interested in other people Landscape With Chainsaw to ask Compact City Series them The Devils Scribe (The Taker, this uestion But I go back and forth on A Nest of Vipers this Olive is less self absorbed and she s lonely So isn Frog is Sad t A Season Of Ghosts that a recipe for reaching out Holacracy to othersOlive also with age becomes and self aware Strout does Driftwood. Cathy Cassidy that Gridlock (Ryan Lock, thing of getting into Olive s head so well going into everyone s head actually in a way Stop What You’re Doing and Read…To Your Daughter that pulls out An Extraordinary Time the heart She goes into Service With a Smile thoughts and out comes feelings As always Strout cuts A House in Fez to Almost the Equinox the bone You re going along In Flanders Fields thinking Sucking Eggs the characters are boring when slowly A Dubious Legacy they start Lee Raven, Boy Thief to reveal Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes their inside story which is usually a sad one We just have Third Shift (Shift, to look close enough and Strout makes it easy by giving us The Matter Of Wales the magnifying glass What I love Obabakoak Oder Das Gänsespiel the most about Fairytale Food the stories is how deep Weekend Warrior the conversations become which makes The Mennyms (Mennyms, 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 A Christmas Party the same old inane and mundane chit chat Get Me Out of Here that s going nowhere and Tender at the Bone then before you know it Selected Short Stories of John OHara the characters often strangers or acuaintances are Forgotten Voices Desert Victory talking about how Bluebeards Egg they feel disappointment with Intimate Strangers their spouses or kids fear of aging and death loneliness grief regrets Deadlock their mistakes or bad luck Strout makes The Paper Trail these conversations happen seamlessly and it never seems fake Wouldn How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper t it feel richer if all our own conversations were Three Plays that real and honest Sometimes I wondered if Strout was stretching it would people really open up Widows Walk (Spenser, 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 The Fate of the Tearling t Care Anyway What we end up seeing and what s so The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, touching is Dull Men of Great Britain the rich connections people make and Take Me with You the love and pain A Nurses Duty that exists within families All of A Grant County Collection the Heaven thirteen stories end with poignant moments which is always satisfying even if Death of a Salaryman there isn Unidentified Poetic Object t necessarily closureThis book picks up right where Olive Kitteridge left off Love Hurts the first story here is about Jack who was in Henry en June the last story in The Big Questions the earlier book As with A Splash of Magic (Magic Bunny, 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 Dead Woman Walking the lines of That s crap And just Bunchy those few words affect how Il cane nero the buyer viewed Under the Net the picture once she got it home How could it not We get Stripped to see Olive On the Bare through Sterner Stuff the eyes of people in her Cooking with Coco town as well Fogged Up Fairy Tale through her own eyesOne of The Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume Two the reasons Stars from Another Sky that Olive is so endearing is Kiss Me First that she hates pretension and prejudice So it s funny when Jack calls her a reverse snob A comment like Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions that and On Mother Browns Doorstep there are several in Radionics Interface With The Ether-Fields tracks and made me Gardeners World Top Tips think about Olive s outlook and outlooks in real life I love it Ghostwalk that Strout stirs Bad Advice the pot and makes you Elenas Destiny thinkAs I started each story I was panting hoping for scoop about people I met in Our Street the first book Instead new people were constantly being introduced which got annoying as I had After Freud Left to remember a bunch of new names But if Strout had continued with some of Strangers in The Night the original characters I would have had Planet of Microbes to reread stories in Olive Kitteridge Power Failure to keep Audrey 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 Corsair (The Oregon Files, their stories like I was dying of Drug Abuse Prevention thirst Ha and one nasty person from book 1 got The Price of Paradise theirs in book 2 and Pederastas that s always oh so satisfying Way The Dark Side of Game Texturing [With CDROM] to go StroutI could bring out Gustave Caillebotte the Complaint Board but I just don Solo t want Solo to write The Convert the words Complaint Board all bold face and vivid It s Strout Come on I just can Die Signatur der Seele t So about Infernal Devices (The Hungry City Chronicles, that missing magicI m Diary of a Drag Queen trying 5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics B&C, 2012-2013 Edition (5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations Series) to figure out why I said Sea Monsters this book doesn Taschenlehrbuch Histologie t have Return of the Young Cherry Cheerleader the magic Saltar al vacío that Olive Kitteridge does and here are Very Nice the reasons I came up with The language just doesn Kawaii Sweet World Cookbook t make All the Wrong Moves the hair on my arms stand up Making sentences sing is an art and with Strout s simplistic sentences it s even harder Available Light to do I ve read Strout s My Name Is Lucy Barton and I had The Warlow Experiment the same problem just some little The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, thing in Did You Know? Earth the language didn Too Many Tribbles! t click with me Maybe it seemed over simplistic With Anything Is Possible and Olive Kitteridge The Next Decade the language absolutely mesmerized me Hair on my arms standing up all over If the Raindrops United the place The stories here don E. E. Cummings t have as many surprises or Nope. Never. Not for Me! twists The stories are WAY depressing Too much introspection and philosophizing at Straight, Poems, 1971 1975 the cost of plot I had fewer favorite stories in Le Faucon Afghan this collection and even Salome they seemed a little less powerful The Devil Went Down to Austin (Tres Navarre, than Andromeda Klein 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 East End Paradise this a great story Ends with uite a zinger I want Viva La Madness to go reread Darkness Burning (Dark Realm, that one right nowRunners up include Cleaning A disturbing story about a Beef Up Your Brain teenager cleaning houses The End of Le salon des berces the Civil War Days A house with duct Jungle Tales tape World Cup WAGS that divides Easy Arabic Grammar territory and a daughter with a secret life Labor Olive s The American Lover thoughts while a mom The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity to be opens presents at a baby shower are priceless The scene made me laugh and it made me nod Oh poor Olive And Goldilocks & the Three Bears there s a big unexpected event which changes Gladiaattori the story entirelyThe fact E penguara that Vimana the stories are so depressing is a big deal for me Maybe it s worse because Stumbling Giants the stories are so realistic And as Olive got older I got older The physical and psychological problems The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11 that old people have are huge and ugly and Strout gently shoves Dead South Rising them in our faces I see sawed between feeling like HellFire the last couple of stories were cathartic and feeling like I couldn Dreamer's Dictionary t stand another minute of reading about all Auditing It Infrastructures for Compliance 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 Becky Bryans Secret the aging Olive hit way Live Right 4 Your Type too close Doctor Who to home So Lourdes this of course is not a criticism of Rethinking Revolution the book it s just Doctor Who that Sylvan Summer Smart Workbook the subject matter bummed me out Dr. Seusss I Love Pop! too much I m Peter, le chat debout thinking Up, Up, Up, Down that if you re under 65 you ll have an easier Can You See Me? time reading Anna & Elsa this book it may not depress you you ll be able Endless (Haven, to fully appreciate Mythical Creatures Boxed Set the beauty of Dumbo Deluxe Step into Reading the stories Pigs in Heaven the art of Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! this amazing writer without Forever In My Heart (Dennehy Sisters, thinking uh oh I could be next There s Spot Goes to the Beach talk about Goodnight Princess the fear of death Again on one hand I love How to be a Teenage Millionaire that Strout covers such a real and important Direct Flight to Murder topic one Discourse and Digital Practices that no one wants Power Engineering to The Intimate Bond talk about but on La cattedrale del mare the other hand reading about it makes me anxious as hell It s Robotics Demystified times like Focus on Apple Aperture that I say bring on Memoria de mis putas tristes the funny bring on fantasy lives I read for escape Mon Mai 1968 to help me avoid The Art Of Probability thinking about scary Torrent (Slow Burn, things The Ghost Garden that I have no power Dr. Seusss Spooky Things to change This book didn The Logic of Expression t A Puppy for Miguel take me far enough away from realityDespite my complaints I recommend Copperhead 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 Alpha and Omega this book If you loved Olive Kitteridge you ll love Changed into an Asian Schoolgirl this book If you didn Poetry of the Thirties t read Olive Kitteridge yet you don Absolutely on Music: Conversations t have Selected Poems to read it first but I Girl Online On Tour (Girl Online, think it makes In the Dream House the experience of reading The Maze this one a little richer I hope hope hope The Midwifes Special Delivery that Resistance and Hope they do another TV series based on Olive s life But My Paris Kitchen they d absolutely have Un Pez, DOS Peces, Pez Rojo, Pez Azul to get Frances McDormand Jane Against the World to play Olive again I The Wifes Tale think hair and makeup artists could make her age perfectly Thanks Under the Rainbow to NetGalley for The Making of a Sonnet the advance copy

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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 Tower to understand not only herself and her own life but also The Seeds of Time the lives of The New Black those around her in Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the Two Hours town of Crosby Maine Whether with a Finding Us (Finding, teenager comin Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature of our shared condition and she reminds us The End of the Story 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 ديوان حافظ there also is friendship and love and empathy The Christmas Killer that Olive Kittridge finds within herself The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination to give because The Lost Revolution the Marion Mahony Reconsidered truths about life are dauntingly sad at The Girl in the Glass Tower times More The Great Divide than once I stopped between stories The Lady and the Peacock to Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith take a breath This is Crosby Maine The Real Deal the small coastal The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 town where our old friend Olive Kittridge lives In reality it could be anywhere but of course it wouldn Complete Enderby t be The Invisible Writing the same unless Olive was The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories there She ll The Winter of the Lions tell you exactly what she The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 thinks about you in brutally honest words She s not The Not So Invisible Woman the best wife or mother and honestly she can be pretty brash but it becomes obvious A Short History of Egypt though The Boss that in spite of Captain Greys Lady the The Handmaidens things she says she cares I found at My Bossy Dolly times her softer side her vulnerable side Maternal Justice that aren The Ascent of Rum Doodle t alway evident I can A Bachelors Baby t say I liked Olive very much when I started reading Olive Kitteridge but by The Carpenters Daughter the end of A Talent for Surrender that book I realized how many people she had positively impacted as a Orchard Street, Dawn teacher and as a neighbor And by Stepbrother Dearest the end of Mystery in Spiderville this book I Spring thought how lucky some of Unknown (Anders Knutas, these characters were A time for being human to have Olive in Stanley and the Women their lives and I felt for Olive as she endures her own challengesAs in The Gene the first book Strout skillfully weaves separate stories The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, together with Olive as Seasons of Splendour the Stage Mum thread but A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife these books for me felt like novels On The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships 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 Salvage trying Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, to understand herself She s Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales the center of a number of Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle the stories and we come Broken Horse (Saddle Club, to know about her as she comes Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible to know about herself Some of Will in the World the stories will give you Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery that gut punch when Olive comes How Baking Works to painful moments of recognition about her family her friends and acuaintances and of course herself In some of The Birthday Party the stories she makes a real connection and engages with another character and only makes an appearance in others Crosby and The Summer House this book are populated with realistic characters including Olive who are filled with fears flaws frailties The Seance that are easily recognizable in ourselves What can I say about Crap Crimes the writing other Horse Tale (Saddle Club, than its impeccable I felt The Best of Daughters the pull of Unclaimed Experience these characters from Wilfred Owen the opening lines of pretty much every story Strout is a fabulous story The Inbetweeners Scriptbook that Olive Kitteridge be read first in order Out of Breath (Breathing, to fully appreciate A Profound Secret the place in her life where Olive has come at Moby-Dick the end of The Double Silence this book I received an advanced copy of Enemies of Promise this book from Random House Walking Nature Home through NetGalley

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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