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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Here’s a synopsis for Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge:

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 of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t 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; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, 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 life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. [Amazon]


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  • Lisa C.

    I'm not going to make it after all. I'm leaving for vacation on Saturday, and I still have too much to do to get ready. Oh well, at least I was pushed into reading a book that I normally wouldn't have read.

    October 23, 2013

  • Carol C.

    I have out-of-town family coming this week - would have otherwise loved to discuss this book - I've read all of Elizabeth Strout's books and absolutely love her character portrayals and analysis. There is a reason that this book won the Pulitzer Prize.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am penciling this one in ink. I would love to read this and really meet women who like to read books that I do. I am home everyday and don't get to meet many woman my age (58) that don't work. So, I hope to see you all.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Debbie B.

    Is there anyone from the Viera/Rockledge area who attends and would like to carpool to the meetings? I would drive every other time or depending on how many are from the area, every 3rd or 4th time?

    July 25, 2013

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