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"Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout

  • Barbed Wire Books

    504 Main Street, Longmont, CO (map)

    40.167454 -105.102418

  • We will be in the back room called the "Hobbit Hole."
  • Please note that this book was postponed from our October meetup.

    The "Third Rocks" group read this collection of short stories back in 2009 and loved it, so it seems like a good time to revisit this Pulitzer Prize winner. All of the stories are set in the little town of Crosby, Maine and Mrs. Kitteridge is featured in all of them, though she is often not the main character. 

    On the back cover of the book it says,

    "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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  • Bronna

    Does anyone have a copy of A Man Called Ove that they've finished and are willing to lend?


  • Gretel W.

    I hope more people will read this book because I'm sure it will lend itself to great discussion.

    October 20

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    This group tends to be smaller than the other book groups. The in-depth discussions are great!

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