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Olive Again

The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby Maine Whether with a teenager comin No one can write like the incomparable Elizabeth Strout her understanding of what it is to be human and penetrate the beating heart of what comprises a community has a universality that cannot fail to resonate with the reader sometimes perhaps uncomfortably so in the truths it lays bare such as the physically and emotionally taxing process of ageing Olive returns maybe not everyone s cup of tea but definitely mine indomitable outspoken cantankerous a larger than life presence in the lives of those around her an indisputably influential woman even if it is sometimes in the slightest of appearances in the stories that pour forth about the community of Crosby Maine from the pen of Strout Olive lives through her seventies and eighties getting married for the second time to 74 year old Jack Kennison who may find Olive irritating on occasion but loves Olive all that she is the two finding a companionship that eases the loneliness of losing their spouses and getting olderOlive is aware of her shortcomings as a wife to Henry she misses him an ache that never disappears even as her life appears to move on and as a mother to her son Christopher when his family come for a rare visit there is a palpable awkwardness and a moment that opens her eyes as she perceives him as a motherless child but who as becomes apparent later despite everything loves her We encounter a piano playing teenager who cleans homes acuiring cash from a strange and silent transaction with a husband A daughter cannot bear her inheritance from a morally bankrupt father and his profits from dubious investments in South Africa she finds solace and faith in the company of her lawyer Bernie Bernie is finding it difficult to come to terms with many of his morally reprehensible clients whose behaviour he has facilitated through the years There is a family s conflict as it comes to terms with a daughter starring in a documentary of her life as a dominatrix Strout does not shy away from darker aspects of community such as the abuse the toxic families and the challenges of alcoholism infidelity cancer and the feelings of despair the pain and the tears Olive faces regret and loneliness becoming considerably self aware as she ponders over the mystery of who she is and the joys and wonder of love that can sprout from the most unexpected of places Strout is an exuisite storyteller subtle and nuanced who gets to core of a person and a community with a simplicity that is breathtaking and does so with grace humanity and compassion Her portrait of Olive is outstanding multilayered and complex in the way she depicts Olive getting older invisible lonelier but still striving to live connect and learn about herself and others This is a profoundly moving novel captivating in its portrayal of the everyday ordinariness and extraordinariness of its characters an approach that packs a punch in its gut wrenching emotional honesty Simply brilliant and highly recommended Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC

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G to terms with the loss of her father a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush or a lawy When you get old you become invisible It s just the truth And yet it s freeing in a wayYou go through life and you think you are something Not in a good way and not in a bad way But you think you are something and then you see that you are no longer anything To a waitress with a huge hind end you ve become invisible And it s freeing Sometimes people come into your life at just the right time People you have known turn up unexpected and you re engage begin again It was like that for Elizabeth Strout She was sitting alone in a caf in Norway minding her own business when Olive inserted herself into her life once again in her car nosing her way into a marina cane in hand I saw it so clearly felt her so clearly that I thought Well I should go with this from the New Yorker interview It s not like Olive Kitteridge had been totally absent from Strout s life They had parted ways after Olive won Strout a Pulitzer But there were bits of her around pieces of story that did not uite work material for somewhere somewhen But the image was stronger this time whole a large presence demanding attention And so it was back to Crosby Maine back into the life of a difficult but complex character crusty uick to scorn but with a warm perceptive core Elizabeth Strout image from the Irish Times Olive and the other characters in Olive Again face the ongoing problem of loneliness among other things Thematically this is very much in line with the original Olive Kitteridge focusing on relationships considered both in retrospect and in the immediacy of experience Lives examined Olive for example wends her way through diverse and contradictory feelings about her late husband Henry And then wanders in her feelings about a new love interest Jack She has to cope with her relationship with her son Chris now living in Brooklyn where Strout has lived mostly for over thirty years and take a tough look at herself as a mother seeing some less than wonderful behavior of hers repeating in her son s life There are some particularly moving scenes with Olive trying to make sense of her role with Chris and his family Olive is not the only character here putting a life under the microscope Jack Kennison Olive s new bf has plenty of his past to reconsider including his relationship with his daughter and is in for a bit of a surprise that had been kept from him for decades As in the first volume the stories alternate pretty much between Olive and not Olive although Olive does cameos in the tales that do not focus on her A teen working cleaning houses part time finds herself resenting the excessive pride one woman displays about her Mayflower heritage Strout can track her New World ancestors back to 1603 She finds herself in a very unexpected awkward and remunerative situation that reuires a lowering of her standards Or is it a seizing of power in her life The story includes a consideration of the class bias that still persists in far too many as Kayley Callaghan has had it drilled into her that as a working class girl of Irish heritage she will always be invisible to people like the Doris Ringroses of the world She finds a way to make herself seen In one of Olive s stories she copes with a MAGA home health aide and former student of Olive s resenting the presence of another HHA a dark skinned hijab wearing USA born Muslim whose mother was an immigrant from AfricaA returnee to town on the passing of her father finds deep solace in the family attorney and a welcoming ear to hear her tales of growing up in an abysmal home There is such pain warmth emotional connection and relief in this one that you may want to have a box of Kleenex handy I think our job maybe even our duty is to Her voice became calm adultlike Bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can One of the persistent motifs throughout the stories is secrecy Pretty much all the characters have things they have kept to themselves Haven t we all Some of the secrets are not your garden variety misdemeanors or marital wanderings but most will be at least somewhat relatable Ever since I was a kid on that dirt road I think that the biggest compelling engine in me has always been the desire to know what it feels like to be another person I just always have been pulled through life by that deep curiosity to know It s a frustration for me to not even know what like these fingers touching the desk would feel like if it wasn t me As a result I have watched and watched and listened to people all the time I m always trying to absorb the tiniest detail that I can see or hear from them from the Guardian interviewOlive is in the latter stages of her life We follow her into her 80s as her capacities decline and she must make unwelcome adjustments in her daily existence There are so many facets to Olive that she glistens like a diamond She is preternaturally crusty and can be a chore to be around enough so that Strout claims this is the reason she alternated Olive tales with stories of other Crosby residents but she has a sort of perceptual superpower that lets her see some core emotional elements in people and is able to jump in and act on her perceptions This is where her kindness her softer side her dynamism comes to the fore It is a thing of magnificent beauty when it does She is even able to embrace friendshipThere is considerable lyrical beauty in Strout s writing You could see how at the end of each day the world seemed cracked open and the extra light made its way across the stark trees and promised It promised that light and what a thing that was As Cindy lay on her bed she could see this even now the gold of the last light opening the world The light is significant particularly the late winter light of February and we are offered freuent glimpses of trees reddening and leaves falling as what was is slowly stripped away to clear the path for what is to comeStrout brings some characters back from volume 1 for a closer look She even brings in a few from her 2013 novel The Burgess Boys I remember walking down the street one day and all of a sudden realizing Oh Jim and Helen Burgess could actually be in Crosby Maine They could have dropped their grandson off at camp That s what New Yorkers do they send their kids to camp in Maine So I thought how fabulous It was so fun particularly because it gave me the chance to explore the enormous cultural divide between New York City and Maine There is some political perspective in this not a lot and some of the political turns are achingly poignant There are moments of humor as well Olive s misery while attending a baby shower is priceless as is her eagerness to flee regardless the costWe are all right for a book at different times of life Olive Again may be right on the money for me While I am not the age Olive is at the end of the book I have a sister who is and who is facing similar situations As a senior citizen I can certainly relate to the issues Olive faces as can most of us of this age I expect Was I a good parent Did I do right by my kids Was I the best person I could have been Did I do something meaningful with my life It will make you ask some of these uestions of yourself And if you have not yet achieved silver status there are probably people around you who have The concerns of the elders in this book might give you a clue as to what is going on in their lives That said there are plenty of younger characters banging around in these pages who can offer a perspective from a different generationThe stories in Olive Again are strong moving and beautifully written Olive is as wonderful a character as she is difficult a person It has been a privilege renewing our acuaintance That late season light has a way of staying right in your face and making you suint But it also gives a magical glow and shadow to all it reaches helping make visible what might otherwise remain unseenReview posted December 6 2019Publication date October 15 2019My review of Olive KitteridgeEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and FB pagesInterviews New Yorker Elizabeth Strout on Returning to Olive Kitteridge by Devorah Treisman New Yorker Elizabeth Strout s Long Homecoming by Ariel Levy NPR We ve Got More To Say About You Olive Kitteridge Is Back And Complex As Ever by Scott Simon Irish Times She just showed up Elizabeth Strout on the return of Olive Kitteridge by Catherine Conroy Strand Book Store Meg Wolitzer Talking with Elizabeth Strout video 5046Items of Interest Excerpt Motherless Child in The New Yorker PRH Author Lunch Elizabeth Strout author of OLIVE AGAIN at the PRH Author Lunch at the ALA Annual Conference 2019

Elizabeth Strout Æ 9 Summary

Er who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us to move us and to inspire moments of transcendent grac Four impeccably intercepted sad depressing self discovery stories circled around a memorable literature character starsOur one of the grumpiest most straightforward sullen cantankerous grouchiest characters of fictional world is back Frances McDormand did an amazing job to help me visualize this woman nobody can be better Olive than her And its back with amazing sad heart wrenching Crosby stories some of them she only makes small cameos cursing at a painting as she is passing through the street and at some of the stories she has close relationships with charactersWhat is different about Olive in this new book She is older now We re gonna witness her aging from her 70 s to 80 s She starts to help people even she gives them true answers about the cruelty of life make people feel like slapped against the face or stabbed to the heart she is doing her best with her own way She is always brutal honest never sugarcoats and empathizes you So people of Crosby should consider Jack Nichilson s famous uote from A Few Good Men before asking her opinion You cannot handle the truth so stay away from her foreverNow she is older sensible self aware still uestions herself and always tries to understand inner motives of her actions I actually can admit that she touches people s lives and changes them in her own branded way which is great for her friends and family because she really supports and helps them make positive changes on their lives I actually find her easier to connect at this book because she starts to get soften just a little bit as she gets older She sees about herself and the outer world objectively But when it comes to the other people s stories some of the characters are easy to resonate love and find some common things some reflections from your own life We are already introduced to Jack from the first book and now the first story is of the book is about him helps us to connect with the first book but as I started to be introduced with new characters I had really hard time to remember all those names and confused a little When I resumed my reading and started to clear my mind to learn about the new characters I found out not all of them were truly connectable Some of them just pissed me off or make me depressed When you read a book with so many characters there are always risks not to concentrate fully on their stories and you may dislike them wholeheartedly which affects your opinion and overshadow your judgment opinions about the entire bookI found the stories a little bleak gloomy and heavy Maybe I was looking for twisty and surprising things or hopeful remarks help us to see the light at the end of the tunnel I don t say I didn t like them but they made me give so much breaks to breathe I and out I felt suffocated with all those depressing but realistic heartbreaking amazingly told storiesOf course The Poet and Labor are my favorite stories that I truly enjoyedSo as a summary Strout is so talented and intelligent writer and a puzzle maker She invented an amazing town with its people and made me believe they were real because nothing about her stories and all those characters were over exaggerated or artificial They are from real life They are from the heart and soul I mostly enjoyed her gifted writing and master story telling It was one of the best fictions I ve read so far


10 thoughts on “Olive Again

  1. says:

    Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature of our shared condition and she reminds us that life is full of a struggle of some kind for pretty much all of us In Crosby Maine you’ll find characters dealing with loneliness infidelity alcoholism sickness aging death regrets so many regrets Thankfully

  2. says:

    No one can write like the incomparable Elizabeth Strout her understanding of what it is to be human and penetrate the beating heart of what comprises a community has a universality that cannot fail to resonate with the reader sometimes perhaps uncomfortably so in the truths it lays bare such as the physically and emotionally taxing process of ageing Olive returns maybe not everyone's cup of tea but definitely mine indomitable outs

  3. says:

    Powerful emotional truthfulness and unforgettable narrative Brilliant novelOlive was aware of ludicrous behaviors unspeakable things spoken but what she did not understand is why she and her son Christopher should walk into old age with a high and horrible wall between them Olive could be blunt forthright frank and candid

  4. says:

    Introspection Olive Again is a novel that is boldly observant honest and searches for apperception The story of the indomitable Olive Kitteridge follows on two years after her husband Henry’s death Olive is a little introspective on how she as a person her behaviour and relationships have evolved as she ages into her

  5. says:

    Edit After receiving backlash for my subjective opinion on this novel I don't even bother to reply to your negative commen

  6. says:

    “When you get old you become invisible It’s just the truth And yet it’s freeing in a wayYou go through life and you think you are someth

  7. says:

    45 stars rounded upElizabeth Strout is just a fabulous writer Her ability to weave together a diverse group of characters always fa

  8. says:

    In a knot in a knotScrunching twisting sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn’t do me like the last one did sung in a bluesy

  9. says:

    Four impeccably intercepted sad depressing self discovery stories circled around a memorable literature character starsOur one of the grumpiest most straightforward sullen cantankerous grouchiest characters of fictional world is back Frances McDormand did an amazing job to help me visualize this woman nobody can be better Olive than her And its back with amazing sad heart wrenching Crosby stories some of them she only makes small cameos cu

  10. says:

    I'm not sure if Elizabeth Strout ever has need of a bodyguard and if she does I'm sure she wouldn't choose a short brunette female in her 40s but if she ever needs someone to protect her life I would like to offer myself up as the best candida

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