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At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life - sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition - its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
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About the Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City. From the Hardcover edition.

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"Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout's unforgettable novel in stories."--O: The Oprah Magazine "Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You'll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff."--USA Today "Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her."--San Francisco Chronicle "Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch."--Entertainment Weekly "Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air."--The New Yorker From the Hardcover edition. Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout s unforgettable novel in stories. O: The Oprah Magazine Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You ll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff. USA Today Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she s not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her. San Francisco Chronicle Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph. Seattle Post-Intelligencer Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch. Entertainment Weekly Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air. The New Yorker From the Hardcover edition." NAMED A BEST BOOK" "OF 2008 BY" PeopleUSA TodayThe AtlanticThe Washington Post Book WorldSeattle Post-IntelligencerEntertainment WeeklyThe Christian Science MonitorSan Francisco ChronicleSalonSan Antonio Express-NewsChicago TribuneThe Wall Street Journal" NAMED A BEST BOOK""OF 2008 BY" PeopleUSA TodayThe AtlanticThe Washington Post Book WorldSeattle Post-IntelligencerEntertainment WeeklyThe Christian Science MonitorSan Francisco ChronicleSalonSan Antonio Express-NewsChicago TribuneThe Wall Street Journal" NAMED A BEST BOOK""OF 2008 BY" PeopleUSA TodayThe AtlanticThe Washington Post Book WorldSeattle Post-IntelligencerEntertainment WeeklyThe Christian Science MonitorSan Francisco ChronicleSalonSan Antonio Express-NewsChicago TribuneThe Wall Street Journal" NAMED A BEST BOOK" "OF 2008 BY": PeopleUSA TodayThe AtlanticThe Washington Post Book WorldSeattle Post-IntelligencerEntertainment WeeklyThe Christian Science MonitorSan Francisco ChronicleSalonSan Antonio Express-NewsChicago TribuneThe Wall Street Journal"

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