Olive, Again: A Novel (Hardcover)
I didn’t realize how much I’d missed Olive Kitteridge until I started reading Elizabeth Strout’s new episodic novel. In moments, I had settled into the pages of this book and the familar streets of Crosby where I encountered well-known characters like Jack Kennison and Olive’s son, Christopher, and made some new friends too. Through most of the book Olive remained almost the same, except that in this sequel she seems to have a tiny bent toward self-improvement and making amends with Christopher. Strout has a way of drawing the readers into an intimate relationship with every person she writes about. And it’s obvious that Strout knows Olive Kitteridge as well as she knows anyone and loves her in spite of herself. This is the same fine writing and thoughtful characterization that won Strout the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. Could it happen twice?— Mamie
#1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers.
Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace.
Advance praise for Olive, Again
“There’s no simple truth about human existence, Strout reminds us, only wonderful, painful complexity. ‘Well, that’s life,’ Olive says. ‘Nothing you can do about it.’ Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Strout’s stories form a cohesive novel, both sequel and culmination, that captures, with humor, compassion, and embarrassing detail, aging, loss, loneliness, and love. Strout again demonstrates her gift for zeroing in on ordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people to highlight their extraordinary resilience.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Love, loss, regret, the complexities of marriage, the passing of time, and the astonishing beauty of the natural world are abiding themes. . . . Unmissable.”—Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Elizabeth Strout is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Anything Is Possible, her most recent book and winner of The Story Prize; My Name Is Lucy Barton, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; The Burgess Boys, named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and NPR; Abide with Me, a national bestseller; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Orange Prize. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City.