Sunday, January 8, 2012

Olive Kitteridge by Elisabeth Strout


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.

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