Olive, Again

Olive, Again

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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, New York : Random House, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780812996548
Characteristics: 289 pages ;,25 cm.

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Indoorcamping
Jul 29, 2020

After reading all the Elizabeth Strout books, I didn’t want to read this one! It’s the last. You know she’s not coming back again, Olive that is, and I didn’t want to say goodbye. Although when I first read Oliver Kitteridge, I didn’t feel this way. In between, I’ve realized that fiction is a beautiful way to learn how to be a better person and how to live your life. Before I thought that was only possible through fact-based stories based on what really happened in someone’s actual life. Fiction is made up and nobody likes to be lied to.

Good fiction, though, is like a swim in a cool river on a hot day. You need it to lose yourself for a while, to enjoy being alive, to feel what it’s like to let go and let someone else take control of your brain. And this author is incredible in the way she sucks you in to her beautiful small town world and takes you through situations where you can’t help but going along with all of it and carrying it in your head for a long while afterward.

Olive Kitteridge is one of those stories where you wonder why you love her so much. Until you realize that she’s honest, insightful, caring, and lovable in an old-fashioned, small-town New England way.

I re-read Olive Kitteridge again just to familiarize myself to the characters and to get lost in them again for a while before reading this, and in addition, just read all of the author’s books in the last month or two. Good thing because even characters from her first book return and tie up their loose ends in this book. It was beautiful to see them again, getting old, finishing up their life, seeing how they ended up. And yes, I know it’s not real, but it’s really good.

If I can suspend belief to lose myself in fiction this gorgeous, it must be good. It’s like enjoying the sunrise on a park bench when the leaves are turning orange while drinking your favorite hot beverage. What could be better?

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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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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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