Olive, Again

Olive, Again

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Olive returns, this time as a person getting older, navigating her next decade as she comes to terms with the changes--sometimes welcome, sometimes not--in her own life. Here is Olive, strangely content in her second marriage, still in an evolving relationship with her son and his family, encountering a cast of memorable characters in the seaside town of Crosby, Maine. Whether it's a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth at a baby shower, or a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, the irascible Olive improbably touches the lives of others. Elizabeth Strout has achieved greatness by brilliantly laying bare the inner lives of ordinary people, by focusing on the small moments of connection which can dislodge lifelong grief and longing, and unite her characters through moments of transcendent grace.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812996548
Branch Call Number: STR
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm

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Adult fiction. You have to love the character Olive Kitteridge as she weaves her way in and out of 13 superbly written short stories that are interrelated and examines the lives of ordinary people as they grow old. A sequel to the book Olive Kitteridge. Give the audio book a try.


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cheriemoses
Apr 29, 2020

Although I enjoyed the first Olive book, this one seemed very disjointed. The forays into the lives of so many people did not hold the story together as a whole in any way. I felt this was an attempt to write more about a a fascinating character, but too much filler made it tedious. I found I just skipped over some of the stories as it began to feel like a collection of short stories, unresolved ones, rather than a novel. Generally I really like the writing of Strout.

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myccl
Apr 22, 2020

I love Elizabeth Strout's books, and this second book about Olive Kitteridge did not disappoint. To me, it is a powerful story about human beings with all our triumphs, failures, quirks and beliefs, and the questions about life and living that we strive to answer along the way. I loved being able to catch up again with Olive and the people of Crosby, Maine.

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krsbozo
Apr 15, 2020

I liked this book, although I hadn't read the previous novel about Olive. Life is hard, we get old, we lose our friends and spouses and our bodies become frail and broken. Our relationships with those we love are failed or barely functioning. We get sick, we die. Sometimes, if we're lucky, we experience moments of supreme happiness, joy, connection, love.

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SUE_A_M
Apr 07, 2020

Love Olive! This is part two in the life of Olive Kitteridge, her second marriage, the relationship with her estranged son, and different people she encounters. She is a lonely widow living in Crosby, Maine. I’d recommend reading the first book “Olive Kitteridge” for a better understanding of who Olive is.

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Clarisse_2
Mar 09, 2020

I enjoyed this book tremendously, even more than the first Olive . Probably because it was read by Kimberly Farr on a preloaded Play Away. She did a fantastic job!

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trickbag22
Feb 23, 2020

Olive is a person who speaks her mind with little regard for how it sounds. At times endearing but not always. She feels deeply but seems to have little understanding of herself and others. She ends up being a rather lonely person because of how she judges others but she will say she does not. Now i have to read the first book.

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corky_1
Feb 16, 2020

It would have been a better read if the author had not been so inclined to insert her personal political opinions throughout. I read to enjoy and escape. If I want to hear about politics I'll turn on the TV. Too many characters with their stories left hanging in this book. Olive is her usual self and I did get some laughs from her antics.

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AnnSkye
Feb 06, 2020

I hadn’t read the first book in this series but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this one. Crusty, old Olive is quite a character. I feel like I have seen different parts of her in people I have encountered over the years. A refreshing change to the types of novels I often read, I quite liked it.

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Swatt623
Jan 19, 2020

This was hard to follow and very disjointed. I connected with Olive, the main character, but there were too many side stories that felt obsolete for me.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 16, 2020

From NPR - 'Olive, Again poignantly reminds us that empathy, a requirement for love, helps make life "not unhappy."' If you like books, as I do, that encompass ordinary lives and find meaning in day to day life, this book is for you.

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