This is a Pulitzer Prize winning collection of short stories. While the eponymous character isn't the main feature in all the stories, she does make appearances in each. For me, if I had have read the stories separately, they wouldn't have been as effective as they are knowing that Olive is the string that ties them all together. So I read each story with the perspective that she had something to contribute - however small. If this were reality, Olive Kitteridge would be a rather boring, run-of-the-mill, small-town old lady. But instead, she harmonizes the fabric of her community. A very good read for studying humanity - good and bad.