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Olive Kitteridge
ELIZABETH STROUT

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
578 reviews (2008) (304p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist
ALA Notable Books - Fiction Finalist

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Book Description
In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer's eyes, it's in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.


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2120 reviews (2016) (208p) (Amazon Top100) (NYT100) (Time Top10) () () () (BookerLonglist) (TIME1) (TIME) (WashPost) (Econ)
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Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
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Elizabeth Strout Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Olive Kitteridge ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Olive Kitteridge ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 1 Olive Kitteridge ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 Amy and Isabelle ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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