Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

Book - 2008
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At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008.
ISBN: 9781400062089
Characteristics: 270 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 14, 2019

Very well-written; for once I could clearly understand something winning a Pulitzer! I came to appreciate Olive as a person more and more as the stories went on; I don't understand the reviews that describe her as such a hateful character. However, as much as I appreciated the author's skill, this will be one of those books I more admire and respect than enjoyed or have affection for.

Jul 04, 2019

I love the character (maybe I love Frances McDormand's portrayal of her more?) Basically, the book is a collection of short stories about the people in Olive's small Maine town and Olive is a (very tenuous) connecting thread. Most of the stories are actually pretty depressive. Not particularly uplifting or inspiring. This is a case where the TV show is actually better than the original material that inspired it.

Apr 25, 2019


Dec 18, 2018

This would be a better book for me if I had more years under my belt

ArapahoeAlice Oct 16, 2018

An unforgettable book. Olive Kitteridge is not a sympathetic character, but she's fascinating, and you can't help wishing she could change her nature. This is a series of 13 beautifully written connected short stories. Olive isn't the central character in some of them, but you get perspectives from other people who know her. Brilliantly done.

Oct 02, 2018

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Oh, Olive. Olive Kitteridge is a woman whose exterior is rough around the edges concealing a heart of good intentions. Elizabeth Stout weaves colorful threads throughout all thirteen-chapter stories of which Olives finds her way in every Pulitzer Prize narration.

Apr 23, 2018

Elizabeth is very good at description & she can delve very deeply into the essence of people. I do truly admire that but while I can see all of that I wish I hadn't read Olive Kitteridge. It is a sad story.

Apr 18, 2018

Wonderful characterization in this novel, which reads like a series of short stories, which explores the lives of some of the coastal town residents interwoven with a retrospective of Olive, a retired teacher as she reflects on past regrets, choices and decisions.

EscapesToBooks Nov 30, 2017

One of my favorite books of all time. Olive is complex and we come to know her from many perspectives.

robertafsmith May 02, 2017

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this is a powerful rendering of a feisty, flawed but terribly human character - Olive. There are other characters - also beautifully rendered, but Olive is the lynchpin. The DVD four-part series is also outstanding.

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ArapahoeSusanW Oct 08, 2016

A real downer about aging, marriage and New England made me reach for the helpline.

Jul 06, 2015

My life story.

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nreynolds Sep 08, 2010

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PimaLib_SherrieB Dec 09, 2014

An innocent, Olive thinks, gazing at this woman. A real one. You don't find them anymore. Boy, you do not.


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