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2008 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout

Hi, all!

Our March book, Elizabeth Stout's Olive Kitteridge, is a novel in linked short stories. It covers 13 connected short stories about a woman named Olive and her immediate family and friends in the town of Crosby in coastal Maine.

According to an article from a few years ago, Strout was blindsided by her Pulitzer win. She didn't even know the prize was scheduled to be announced. She was in Nevada at the time, talking with some high school students, one of whom "kept saying to me, 'Why is your stuff so depressing? Why do you feel you need to be depressed?' "She doesn't see things that way, of course. She says she is "deeply impressed with how people get through life," continually moved by the way they "just keep going and, for the most part, try to live as best they can."

As always, we'd love to have you join us, even if you haven't read the whole thing, if you've never come before, or you haven't been here in months, we don't care. We're not one of those clique-y groups. Come on by and pull up a chair.

Black Mountain has several lovely wines from light and crisp to full and ruby, fruity sangria, tasty small plates, and a comfortable vibe. Come join us on Monday, March 18th!

Happy reading,
-John

P.S.: Oh, about the $1 fee: Meetup charges $12+/month to maintain a Meetup group, so this is just an attempt to defray some of that cost. Compare this to the cost of a Lite beer from Miller: our Meetup costs less, tastes great, and is less filling.

P.S.#2: Innovation in action! We have now scheduled several meetings in advance, so you can plan a few months of reading entertainment.

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  • Anna A.

    I really liked it too even though I couldn't make it!

    March 21, 2013

  • Debbie

    Had a great time, looking forward to discussing Grapes of Wrath!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry guys, can't make it tonight. Have fun discussing Olive.

    March 18, 2013

  • Khris S.

    Great turnout on a not-so-nice evening. We all enjoyed the book - a first for our group!

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hear good things about this book.

    March 10, 2013

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