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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- Love Olive5 star

Real, beautifully written.

- Prickly Olive is As Lovable As Ever!4 star

It's wonderful to pick up a book that so immediately and skillfully plunges you into the small, everyday events that make us all human. Just like her first book (Olive Kitteridge), Elizabeth Strout takes us into the orbit of Maine-born-and-raised Olive -- now older, retired, and just as prickly and wise. Like the first book, this sequel reads like a series of short stories about individuals in and around the small town of Crosby, Maine. Some are Olive's former students. Others, her neighbors. But each has a deeply touching story to tell about the everyday pain people routinely carry, their own resilience, and the kind of love and relationships that brings meaning to our lives. Whether it's a young woman visiting the burned down ruins of her family home, or a Civil War enthusiast who uses the dog to speak to his wife, or the residents of an assisted living facility struggling to find community -- each has a valuable and emotional story to tell. All of them, connected in some way to crusty but lovable Olive. Highly recommended.

- Anticlimactic2 star

If you are looking for a page turning, this is NOT it. This is one of the most boring books I have ever read. There is nothing special about any one character. For the most part, many of the characters lives are painfully boring. There is not a message or overarching theme. Like other reviewers said: this book has snippets of stories from random characters that might be connect to one another? My girlfriend and I downloaded this book because Oprah recommended it but I know realized it was all a publicity hype to sell the book. Well I’ll tell you I am not longer following Oprah’s book recommendations. Also, there are so many grammar issues in this book, it finitely feels rush.

- Aweful1 star

This book was a big waste of my time. No joy reading this book nor did it have anything valuable to say. The prose was simple and not enjoyable.

- Good but Not sure how it all ties3 star

Good content but the chapters seemed random and not sure how it all ties together.

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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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- Excellent5 star

Elizabeth Strout is one of my favourite authors.

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@Olive_2_Cook @CrypticNoOne @Broseph_2014 shit do it again

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@chilicheezchels: Read that again. Not the country, the WORLD.

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Takin a shit at Olive Garden help I vomited here before and hope I don’t again

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@MrAndrewCotter Indeed! Hope Olive and you (& Mabel) not too offended! Something for the book? Hope to see all 3 of you online again soon!

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@wampasmudge @PeterHart1915 Have the ship boner again as an olive branch

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@SuzeQKnits: @tedcruz Nope, they will never get another dime from me. I will buy my pinto beans, black beans and olive oil from some oth…

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Patio season has gotten an upgrade on Moncton's Main Street. 🥗🍷 From Tide & Boar to the Blue Olive, taste your fav…

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@SIRIliciously Olive again

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@rezaaslan You're still my hero cancelled or not. You need to write a book about the Jesus concocted by the Republi…

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Well, I did it again... Tomatoes and mozzarella with basil, spring onions, olive oil and lemon juice 😋 Bon appétit…

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happy to see old friendships growing again🌱. sometimes people really do need their space 🦋 extend an olive branch t…

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@SuzeQKnits: @tedcruz Nope, they will never get another dime from me. I will buy my pinto beans, black beans and olive oil from some oth…

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I will never take an orange peel for granted again. Orange zest with olive oil in the fridge for a couple of days m…

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@LoyalDefender2K Ythis is our Lobdon olive again This Coommisionre has to be sacked and the Mayor . Where is the la…

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@samanthasrants Home cooking is good, portion control and les chemicals. No Junk food too. well ok maybe just a bit…

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