Olive, Again

Olive, Again

Large Print - 2019
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Olive Kitteridge has returned, as indomitable as ever, 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."--Provided by publisher
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781643583815
Characteristics: 414 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Book for Someone Who Likes Slightly Kooky Slightly Weird Women of a Certain Age

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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.

Jan 15, 2020

Olive is back at it, taking down criminals and saving the world from total destruction. 🤣 Olive Kitteridge is a no-nonsense woman entering her golden years following the passing of her husband. She navigates her later years in life and muddles through loss and loneliness while encountering a charming and eccentric cast of characters. Olive is gets caught in the middle of some situations as where. There are baby showers and unexpected births, poets with vendettas, new romances, and trying to maintain a relationship with her son. This book feels progressive and reflects the changing times though Olive’s eyes with Somali immigrants, lesbians, and modern family competitions.

I never read “Olive Kitteridge” despite it’s Pulitzer winning status and near universal praise. I thought this was funny, charming, sad, and very readable. I was sucked into this world in Maine quickly, and I enjoyed my time in Crosby. The situations are outlandish but feel grounded. The book is fully of curmudgeonly characters trying to make it from one day to the next in a changing country as they are getting older. I found several parts very sad with a palpable lonliness. The book is mostly a series of snapshots in Olive’s life as she gets older, in chronological order. There are a few stories where she’s a tangential character, but she still has an arc. I really enjoyed the book and I’ve requested “Olive Kitteridge” from the library.

Martha C Benner
Jan 09, 2020

Just did not enjoy this book.

Dec 26, 2019

Please, don't let one reader's comment that Olive, Again is "not an uplifting portrayal of old age," dissuade you from reading, or in my case, listening to this superb book. In the 1st few chapters, I found it to be hilarious, just what I needed during my surgery recovery! However, then it turns to the less bright, if not dark side of life. Most of us experience both parts and many shades in between the dark and bright. So, I persisted to rate it as my favorite 'novel' of the year. Strout has the writing ability to provoke true reflection on life as we find ourselves as older/ old. This is important- who are we? Even if we do know, as Olive does not, there are yet possibilities to stumble through more helpfully to others, just as Olive manages. Amazing. Her Crosby comrades are each & every very real, unique, managing on some level. And, like here in Central Oregon, those around us could use a better friend, & better brief encounters with others.

Dec 23, 2019

Oh, Olive, welcome back! These stories seem like such honest portrayals of both the the weird and everyday experiences of people’s lives and minds. Such simple, true writing.

It was interesting to recognize characters from The Burgess Boys, not an “Olive” book, but, of course, from the same small town of Cosby, ME.

Dec 15, 2019

Like the original Olive Kitteridge book, Olive, again is a series of linked short stories where Olive Kitteridge appears at some stage- a bit like Alfred Hitchcock in his movies. The stories are all set in Crosby, Maine which appears to an Australian reader as the quintessential East Coast American town. Sometimes the chapter is about Olive’s life, at other times she just has a walk-on part with the focus on someone linked to her. What is common to all chapters is a clear-sighted wisdom about human limitations and frailties....

I absolutely loved these stories, and found myself rationing them out to just one chapter a day to make it last longer. Frances McDormand, who starred in the HBO television series now completely inhabits the Olive Kitteridge in my mind as the large, ungainly, abrupt and socially awkward woman who is almost oblivious to her (often negative) effect on other people. But this is an older Olive, who remarries after her first husband dies, and now needs to negotiate her estranged son and his new second-marriage family, with all the nuances of step-vs-natural children. Her health is failing; people are dying; she moves into aged care. Finally, after all these changes, she mellows somewhat.

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Dec 14, 2019

Oprah Winfrey best book list 2019

Dec 12, 2019

Oh Olive! It has been a great pleasure to have gotten to know you. Your humanity is so real and you speak so eloquently for so many of us. I will miss you.

Dec 01, 2019

This is the sequel to Olive Kittredge by this author

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