WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • The beloved first novel featuring Olive Kitteridge, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick Olive, Again
“Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You’ll never forget her.”—USA Today
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post Book World • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • Seattle Post-Intelligencer • People • Entertainment Weekly • The Christian Science Monitor • The Plain Dealer • The Atlantic • Rocky Mountain News • Library Journal
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.
The inspiration for the Emmy Award–winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Olive Kitteridge is a moody, irascible math teacher living in small-town Maine. Despite being far from what most would call likable, Elizabeth Strout’s prickly heroine has a strange charisma that seems to fascinate everyone around her—including us. Olive Kitteridge is a novel told through short stories that explore the heroine from the points of view of different neighbors and acquaintances. Narrator Kimberly Farr makes capturing Olive’s many contradictions look easy. Her warm but unaffected delivery perfectly embodies the book’s entire cast of hardscrabble, small-town characters, making every one of Strout’s creations feel like a real and vital person. Each chapter reveals a surprising truth, from an elderly husband’s infidelity to a minister’s daughter’s rebellion to crotchety Olive’s own unexpected acts of kindness. This is a perfect listen for a car ride.
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Don’t waste your time
This book is sooo boring! I kept listening hoping it would get better but it never did. There are a ton of pointless narratives and characters throughout the book that never lead to any solid conclusion.