Olive, Again

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout Book Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions.

“Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith, The Guardian

“Just as wonderful as the original . . . Olive, Again poignantly reminds us that empathy, a requirement for love, helps make life ‘not unhappy.’”—NPR 

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time Vogue • NPR • The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune Vanity Fair • Entertainment Weekly BuzzFeed  Esquire Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • The New York Public Library • The Guardian Evening Standard • Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly BookPage
Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us—in Strout’s words—“to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can.”

Praise for Olive, Again

“Olive is a brilliant creation not only because of her eternal cantankerousness but because she’s as brutally candid with herself about her shortcomings as she is with others. Her honesty makes people strangely willing to confide in her, and the raw power of Ms. Strout’s writing comes from these unvarnished exchanges, in which characters reveal themselves in all of their sadness and badness and confusion. . . . The great, terrible mess of living is spilled out across the pages of this moving book. Ms. Strout may not have any answers for it, but she isn’t afraid of it either.”The Wall Street Journal

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- Boring2 star

Wow - was thinking since Oprah loved it that was a good enough endorsement — so wrong - this book was pointless and boring — just a bunch of snippets of people’s lives - kept thinking it had to have a big point at the end but it did not -don’t waste ur time on this book 🤦‍♀️

- Not a favorite3 star

Struggling to understand the characters

- We are all Olive5 star

Fantastic writing full of imagery, emotion and depth. Olive is a wonder and Strout lets us peek into her mind and heart. Is she the sweetest person? No. But oh so real, stoic and honest. I adored it.

- Not what i expected3 star

I like it but not what i expected, i kept reading promising my self that there well come an happily ever after ending to each chapter, put NO. I enjoy reading it any way, and it makes me think about finger prints that i would leave in others lives.

- Oprah got this one wrong2 star

Really? A meandering tale of inconsequential events leading through the main character’s aging process. Yawn. Dull. No energy, no story. Oprah got this one wrong...or maybe she gets a kickback by anointing the book.

- Wonderful!5 star

I enjoyed every word of this new book. I missed Olive and was very happy to get her back. Elizabeth Strout’s character drawings are magical and marvelous!

- Olive Again4 star

I gave the book a rating of 4. I really enjoyed the book , but would have liked it better if her political views would have been left out.

- Not A Fan1 star

For baby boomers only. Found most of the characters to be bitter and boring.

- Olive, Again5 star

Moving, humorous, human and relatable.* *Especially to baby boomers 65 or older.

- Olive again2 star

Not very interesting, in fact boring! I thought it was going to be good because Oprah recommend it. Very political, sad and depressing. Too bad!

- She needs to keep her promise1 star

I will not read anything that horrid woman puts her name on. She is a disgrace

- Interesting commentary on human relationships4 star

And how the culture of individual cities affect a person in their age.

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What?! I missed it again 😭

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@ellekeboehmer: And Olive Schreiner pops up again! Matjiesfontein.

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Dan of the night strikes again 😂 it was around 3 AM when my sleepwalker hubby said the rabbit stew with water rice…

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@relijoon: joon said he’s been seeing the members for over 7 years and sometimes he gets tired of seeing them and is like “oh it’s you a…

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@Sabreezelol: I wanna go to Olive Garden but I’m embarrassed because the last time I went I walked into a wall and passed out and they h…

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@dinghydames @TheRickWilson Democrats are always doing the clean up on isle 5 after a Republican drops a gallon gla…

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@madisen_hope: I am once again...thinking about Olive Garden breadsticks

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