Read Between the Wines: West Side

For May, we will be reading "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout.

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In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

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 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 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting! Such a lively group and so much good discussion about the book.

    May 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to meet you all. It was lots of fun and good conversation. Not sure about the next book though...

    May 22, 2012

  • Kathy M N

    Our group is getting so big they're going to need to get a bigger room for all of us!

    May 22, 2012

  • Kathy M N

    Hey, now we're down to 2 guys! They're fading fast! lol

    May 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ha, Alex! I finished it this weekend and I am really looking forward to talking about it with all of you.

    May 21, 2012

  • Alex

    Yeah, can you believe the butler did it? Oops, sorry: SPOILER
    ALERT!

    1 · May 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just finished the book yesterday. Really liked the ending. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you!

    May 20, 2012

  • Alex

    Shh..don't scare them away.

    1 · May 17, 2012

  • Kathy M N

    It was a great book. Worth the full price. Hey, Alex, did you notice 2 more guys joined. lol

    May 17, 2012

  • Alex

    I'm even cheaper and I got this book for less than half price. Yay!

    May 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I picked up a copy of this book on the cheap at Half Price Books hoping that it would be the choice. Yay!

    April 16, 2012

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