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Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

May 3, 2010

I went into this book a little unsure of how I would like it. I must have picked this book up 20 times, flipped it over, read the back, and put it back down before moving on to the next book. After much hemming and hawing… Why, I really do not know. Really, after some of the crap I have read, what do I have to lose? I picked it up, and purchased it. I cracked it open, and took it page by page. And as I turned each page, I was a little more intrigued.

Olive Kitteridge is an interesting book with an interesting structure. It is more of a collection of short stories, than a novel. There is one theme binding these short stories, however. That theme is Olive Kitteridge. Through the collection of stories, we come to know, sometimes dislike, and ultimately love Olive. She is an extremely complex and layered character, her story expertly woven into the overall novel by Strout. The short stories are compelling and thought-provoking. They portray Olive as an honest and emotional woman.

This book is a definitely must read. It may have taken me a while to get around to reading it, but I am so glad that I did. It’s one of those books that makes you think a little differently about the world around you.

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