Read Harder #2: Olive Kitteridge

19 01 2015

There is always more going on than you can see on the surface. In Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout creates a detailed portrait of a woman, and a whole town, through related vignettes. Each exquisitely crafted short story highlights the moments, mostly small and unremarkable, that fit together to make a life. Olive Kitteridge, a middle-aged woman best described as difficult, nonetheless profoundly impacts those around her. Reading about her is like real life: you may not like her, you may not want to spend a lot of time with her, but she is always around, drifting in and out of your path. When you find yourself tiring of Olive, the next short story will allow you to visit with another neighbor.

This book fulfills the prize winner category of the Read Harder challenge for me. It won a well deserved Pulitzer for its careful, beautiful language and unique construction.

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20 01 2015
maxkathleen

Anne recommended this book to Jock; he hasn’t read it yet, but your review might inspire him !

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