Olive, Again (Hardback)Elizabeth Strout (author)
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One of America’s most adept chroniclers of everyday life, there are few novelists who get under a character's skin more thoroughly than Elizabeth Strout. In Olive Again she returns to her finest creation, spiky, obdurate and disarmingly human anti-heroine Olive Kitteridge for a fine chronicle of late love and generational division, set in the coastal Maine community that Strout has made her own.
Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet deeply loveable Olive Kitteridge as she grows older, navigating the second half of her life as she comes to terms with the changes - sometimes welcome, sometimes not - in her own existence and in those around her.
Olive adjusts to her new life with her second husband, challenges her estranged son and his family to accept him, experiences loss and loneliness, witnesses the triumphs and heartbreaks of her friends and neighbours in the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine - and, finally, opens herself to new lessons about life.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 341 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 26 mm
'Olive, Again is, in its way, a perfect novel. As compelling and unsettling as anything Strout has ever written' - The Financial Times
'Strout's control of her narrative is so sure….what a thing indeed!' - The Guardian
'From loneliness and incontinence to baflfement at 21st-century mores, Strout offers a vivid, granular portrait of old age, entirely non-maudlin, but without playing for laughs.' - The Daily Mail
'This is Olive in later life and she's even more Olive-y than before. Big. Brusque. Sensitive. Surprising.' - The Times
'Olive, Again, like Strout's first book , delivers roughly five hours of spine-tingling pleasure.' - The Sunday Times
'A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships.' - The Observer
'Strout really can write you into a world until you feel you are there with her, in that house, that life, that little Podunk of a place.' - The Times
'Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue.' - Hilary Mantel on 'My Name is Lucy Barton'
'Elizabeth Strout's prose is like words doing jazz.' - Rachel Joyce
'Strout, always good, just keeps getting better.' - Vogue
'A writer at the peak of her powers.' - Literary Review
'It's hard to believe that a year after the astonishing My Name Is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout could bring us another book that is by every measure its equal, but what Strout proves to us again and again is that where she's concerned, anything is possible. This book, this writer, are magnificent.' - Ann Patchett on 'Anything is Possible'
'Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force.' - The New Yorker
'One of America's finest writers.' - The Sunday Times
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