Olive Kitteridge (Paperback)Elizabeth Strout (author)
A fiercely compassionate and empathetic meditation on the contradictory impulses of the human soul, Olive Kitteridge set a new benchmark for emotional realism in twenty-first century fiction. In the eponymous Maine matriarch, Strout invented one of the most psychologically complete protagonists of recent times, whose spirit and vitality continue to hold readers spellbound.
Olive Kitteridge: indomitable, compassionate and often unpredictable. A retired schoolteacher in a small coastal town in Maine, as she grows older she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life. She is a woman who sees into the hearts of those around her, their triumphs and tragedies.
We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and a young man who aches for the mother he lost - and whom Olive comforts by her mere presence, while her own son feels overwhelmed by her complex sensitivities.
A penetrating, vibrant exploration of the human soul, the story of Olive Kitteridge will make you laugh, nod in recognition, wince in pain, and shed a tear or two.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 20 mm
'As perfect a novel as you will ever read . . . So astonishingly good that I shall be reading it once a year for the foreseeable future and very probably for the rest of my life.' - Evening Standard
'Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force.' - The New Yorker
'Masterfully wrought.' - Vanity Fair
'Strout has a wonderful ability to turn a phrase...[these] pages hold what life puts in: experience, joy, grief, and the sometimes-painful journey to love.' - Observer
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