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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EljayJohnson
Jul 02, 2020

Everything literary fiction should be: wonderful writing, subtlety, strong voice and character development, thoughtful and thought-provoking themes to ruminate on. Olive Kitteridge will go down as one of the most incisively drawn of modern literary characters.

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kathylock
Jul 02, 2020

The flow of the book was disorganized and jumped around too much. So parts were written well, but others dragged on. I would not recommend.

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amahof7
Jun 10, 2020

Olive marries a fellow from the town she lives in a few years after her 1st husband Henry, dies. She is the same indomitable woman she’s always been , but those whose lives she crosses are enriched by interactions with her. the story weaves together the lives of townsfolk with Olive and of her with her son and his family. She ages gracefully with a friend Isabel, who lives in the same apt/ care centre that she lives at and they develop a real friendship.

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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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amahof7
Jun 10, 2020

During a discussion of faith with a young woman having cancer treatments, Olive says: “I think our job-maybe even our duty-is to-To bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can”
Pg 204-“When you get old, you become invisible. It’s just the truth. And yet it’s freeing in a way.
Her companion says, “Tell me how it’s freeing.”
“Well,” Olive was slightly taken aback; she didn’t know how to explain it. “It’s just that you don’t count anymore, and there is something freeing about that.
I don’t think I can explain this well. But you go through life and think you’re something. Not in a good way and not in a bad way. But you think you are something. And then you see that you are no longer anything. You become invisible and it’s freeing. “

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