Saturday, January 17, 2009

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (3)

This was a really enjoyable book. Olive Kitteridge is an old woman, very set in her ways and dogmatic, living in a small town in Maine. She has made lots of mistakes in her life and now, nearing the end of her life, often is filled with memories and regrets. She's disappointed in many things: her marriage, her child, her relationships with her neighbors, but remains hopeful in a dour way that there still is something to live for. This book is arranged differently from other books; it's composed of 13 short stories all tied together in some way with Olive and the small town. I found it a little confusing to figure out new characters at the beginning of each of the stories. By the end of each story, I wanted it to continue and see what happened next. It gave me something to think about and wonder what would happen next if this were real life and not fiction. Excellent read!

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