Olive Kitteridge (by Elizabeth Strout) c.2008

Olive Kitteridge (2008) by Elizabeth Strout [Adult Fiction]

In this uniquely-written, Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Elizabeth Strout relates the lives of characters from thirteen different stories in the book to the main character, Olive Kitteridge, who affects the characters in one way or another. While I was not the greatest fan of the actual stories in the novel, which at times appeared forced, I was intrigued with the character development of Olive throughout the timeline.

All in all, the character “quirks” of Olive always proved interesting, even if the plot of that particular section was not very engaging. At times I felt myself pitying Olive, relating to a tragedy she encountered that I have experienced, and at times, wishing to slap her silly! Olive’s ability to be extremely profound at certain times kept my interest throughout the stories.

Description: Thought-provoking, Intense Character Development, Tense

If you liked Olive Kitteridge, try:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Book Club Book)

Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Book Club Book)

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Review by Carlen

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