Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout


She certainly doesn’t suffer fools gladly & is a holy terror to family and neighbours. However, behind the sharp tongue is a surprisingly soft centre. Life in her small coastal Maine town would be a lot poorer without her. Such great storytelling – I absolutely adored it! Jo

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The Pulitzer prize-winning novel from the author of the Booker longlisted My Name is Lucy Barton and Olive, Again. Olive Kitteridge: indomitable, compassionate and often unpredictable. A retired schoolteacher in a small coastal town in Maine, as she grows older she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life. She is a woman who sees into the hearts of those around her, their triumphs and tragedies. We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and a young man who aches for the mother he lost – and whom Olive comforts by her mere presence, while her own son feels overwhelmed by her complex sensitivities. A penetrating, vibrant exploration of the human soul, the story of Olive Kitteridge will make you laugh, nod in recognition, wince in pain, and shed a tear or two. Extraordinary … the best novel Ive read for some time David Nicholls As perfect a novel as you will ever read Evening Standard These pages hold what life puts in: experience, joy, grief, and the sometimes painful journey to love Observer

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