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Olive, Again Powerful emotional truthfulness and unforgettable narrative Brilliant novel Olive 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 She had strong opinions and judgements she hated people who were late etc I happened to feel as strong as Olive did about a scene at a baby shower A thi Powerful emotional truthfulness and unforgettable narrative Brilliant novel Olive 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 She had strong opinions and judgements she hated people who were late etc I happened to feel as strong as Olive did about a scene at a baby shower A third gift was presented to Marlene s daughter, and Olive distinctly felt distress She could not imagine how long it would take this child to unwrap every goddamn gift on the table and put the ribbons so carefully on the goddamn paper plate, and then everyone had to wait wait while every gift was passed around She thought she had never heard of such foolishness in her life It was easy to understand Olive s impatience and judgements Of course she kept her thoughts to herself but they were so human I could just picture that baby shower the happy smiling guests but also Olive at 70ish years old and her annoyance Another scene was puzzling and quite disturbing I honestly wondered where in the world was this coming from Kayley, was a young girl who took pleasure and money from a man Mr Ringrose whom she cleaned house for while unbuttoning her blouse He watched said thank you then left her an envelope with cash This went on for nine weeks There was no one Kayley could tell about what had happened, and this knowledge stayed in her and made her almost constantly unwell I won t say how the short story ends but it s one to scratch your head with wonder I wasn t prepared to feel so sad in some of these short stories but I did Olive barely made it though a visit with her son, Christopher his wife, Annabelle and their three kids Olive was exhausted Some quiet cruelty coldness was making me feel depleted I felt so sad witnessing the detachment and bitterness between the bratty children and their grandmother the imperfections of Olive never being able to do anything right not even having enough milk or Cheerios My heart was breaking for the pain of each of the family members but I especially felt sad for Olive.To have to feel rejected judged by your adult children and grandchildren while dealing with aging has got to really hurt It s a lonely hurt that author, Elizabeth Strout soooooo masterly and gracefully understands Her skill of unraveling the complexities of family life and relationships is written with deep compassion for humanity It was so easy to imagine the different characters muddling through carrying on enduring the necessary sorrows and joys of their lives well beyond the pages This book could easily be a stand alone Strout binds together rich narratives crafted much like she did years ago with her Pulitzer winning novel Olive Kitteridge with great insights, tensions, humor, startling sadness, and compassion One of the most emotionally radiant novels about family and what divides us in our relationships and definitely about aging.that I ve read in years Olive who has become a baggy old woman thought about this The way people can love those they barely know, and how abiding that love can be, even when as in her own case it was temporary Kudos huge kudos and congrats to Elizabeth Strout for writing again a keenly observed lustrously imagined marvelous novel Thank you Random House, Netgalley, and the astonishing Elizabeth Strout Olive, Olive, Olivewhat can I say, she is quite the character as are most of the characters in this book I think it is essential to read the first book in this series Olive Kitteridge to fully appreciate this book As with the first book, this book is told through not only Olive s story but various people who live in Crosby, Maine and have some form of interaction with Olive.Olive is perceived by those in her community as being odd She s a tough old broad who speaks her mind, can often Olive, Olive, Olivewhat can I say, she is quite the character as are most of the characters in this book I think it is essential to read the first book in this series Olive Kitteridge to fully appreciate this book As with the first book, this book is told through not only Olive s story but various people who live in Crosby, Maine and have some form of interaction with Olive.Olive is perceived by those in her community as being odd She s a tough old broad who speaks her mind, can often be blunt and brutally honest But she also has a heart of gold and as she reaches her seventies and eighties becomesself aware and must come to terms with the harsh realities that come with aging It s lonely, it s devastating, frustrating and something she faces in her own very Olive way Plus, looking back, she examines her life, her choices and her relationshipsYou all know who you are If you just look at yourself and listen to yourself, you know exactly who you are And don t forget it In this book several things are addressed in addition to aging, alcoholism, infidelity, the divide that happens between people as communication breaks down, loneliness, and isolation Stout continues to write characters with real issues with tremendous skill and insight Her writing is beautiful and insightful Olive has her struggles in this book, make no mistake, this is not a happy go lucky book This has a feeling of sadness throughout, but there is also hope as Olive continues to grow and gain some insightMaybe you fall in love with people who save your life even when you think it s not worth saving Beautifully written look at Olive in the later stages of her life Thank you to Random House Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Traveling Sisters group read 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 littleintrospective on how she as a person, her behaviour and relationships have transpired as she ages into her eighties, especially as she experiences loss and loneliness Two years after Henry s death, Olive starts a relationship with Jack Kennison, which is touching and meaning 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 littleintrospective on how she as a person, her behaviour and relationships have transpired as she ages into her eighties, especially as she experiences loss and loneliness Two years after Henry s death, Olive starts a relationship with Jack Kennison, which is touching and meaningful Jack is also a widower with some history, where an unfortunate affair and dubious sexual assault claim with a colleague ended his career as a Professor at Harvard University Jack s relationship with Olive develops and while it creates new possibilities and feelings it opens the door on how they behaved towards their respective spouses How they both missed them and how they feel about each other It also sparks the realisation that people hide emotions and worries they can t explain, which subconsciously agitates prejudices towards the world Olive is a person who doesn t step reservedly into how she perceives the world and how quick she is to comment about people in it As Jack notes,People either didn t know how they felt about something or they chose never to say how they really felt about something And this is why he missed Olive KitteridgeOlive uncloaks her deepest disquieting memories and reflects for the first time that she may have contributed to the broken or strained relationships she had, especially with Henry and her son, Christopher Considering her marriage to Henry, she reflects that as the years passed thedistant her heart became and the needier his became Wondering about her son s marriage, Olive catches a glimpse of some hidden moments The door to their relationship slightly opening Peering into the interior and seeing what she was not meant to seeHer son had married his motherThis was how Olive had behaved to her husband, not realising thatshe herself had raised a motherless son The novel delivers what a special book does beyond entertainment it creates the scope to connect the writing to our own stories or those not far away It enables us to view issues through a different lens and wonder are these the events we couldn t face or appreciate We push these notions into the darkest corners of our mind and wrestle with them when we let them loose Several are let loose in this novel with outcomes of remorse, pain, heartbreak and guilt While I felt the first book had an overarching theme of betrayal this book searches for understanding and resolution and uses various threads to provide amazing glimpses into the difficulties people face in life, especially with the burden of illness, family misunderstandings or psychological trauma The scenarios are intriguing and captivating and along with beautiful prose and astounding characterisations, this book is a joy to read I felt this book was slightly better than the first It was much less a work of short stories anda solid narrative of Olive with threads that expand around her.This is one of my favourite books of the year and it certainly didn t disappoint after the long wait for the sequel I highly recommend reading this book and I d like to thank Penguin Books, Viking and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review In a knot, in a knot Scrunching, twisting, sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn t do me like the last one did sung in a bluesy voice Oh, this book is good, very good, a 4 star read in fact, and it s sitting on my 2019 Runners Up shelf as nice and happy as it can be So it s nuts to sound so disappointed It s just that the magic wasn t there like it was in Olive Kitteridge, the moments when the words and the sentences dance in my head and turn me into a crazed pogo sticke In a knot, in a knot Scrunching, twisting, sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn t do me like the last one did sung in a bluesy voice Oh, this book is good, very good, a 4 star read in fact, and it s sitting on my 2019 Runners Up shelf as nice and happy as it can be So it s nuts to sound so disappointed It s just that the magic wasn t there like it was in Olive Kitteridge, the moments when the words and the sentences dance in my head and turn me into a crazed pogo sticker Maybe it s just me My expectations were high as the sky, and I should have followed my mantra and lowered them We all know that Olive Kitteridge is an insanely hard act to follow Man, I must stop this Stop complaining and just talk about all the good Olive, oh Olive She s so vivid and cool And of course, there s always the question why do we love her like we do, when she really is so gruff and selfish There s Strout, doing her thing, making us like her As Olive ages, she becomes way less obnoxious and cantankerous In fact, she has MELLOWED She even helps people, which, if she did in the first book, I don t remember A few times, Olive asks people what their life is like Although this is an excellent way to try to draw out people s secrets and get them to reveal their souls and a good way for the author to get character info out to the reader, lol , I m not sure Olive would really have been that interested in other people to ask them this question But I go back and forth on this Olive is less self absorbed and she s lonely So isn t that a recipe for reaching out to others Olive also, with age, becomesandself aware Strout does that thing of getting into Olive s head so well going into everyone s head, actually , in a way that pulls out the heart She goes into thoughts, and out comes feelings As always, Strout cuts to the bone You re going along thinking the characters are boring when slowly they start to reveal their inside story, which is usually a sad one We just have to look close enough, and Strout makes it easy by giving us the magnifying glass What I love the most about the stories is how deep the conversations become, which makes the characters so real and complex Olive wants REAL, and Olive gets it There s often a pattern niceties are exchanged so at first it looks like it s the same old inane and mundane chit chat that s going nowhere , and then before you know it, the characters, often strangers or acquaintances, are talking about how they feel disappointment with their spouses or kids fear of aging and death loneliness grief regrets their mistakes or bad luck Strout makes these conversations happen seamlessly, and it never seems fake Wouldn t it feel richer if all our own conversations were that real and honest Sometimes I wondered if Strout was stretching it would people really open up that much But she s so skillful in her setups, I buy it Any little doubt I have gets eaten up by a big I Don t Care Anyway What we end up seeing, and what s so touching, is the rich connections people make, and the love and pain that exists within families All of the thirteen stories end with poignant moments, which is always satisfying, even if there isn t necessarily closure.This book picks up right where Olive Kitteridge left off the first story here is about Jack, who was in the last story in the earlier book As with the first book, Olive stars in her own stories but she often makes cameo appearances in others For example, in one story, her only appearance is when she passes by a woman buying a painting at a street fair She mutters aloud something along the lines of That s crap And just those few words affect how the buyer viewed the picture once she got it home How could it not We get to see Olive through the eyes of people in her town as well through her own eyes.One of the reasons that Olive is so endearing is that she hates pretension and prejudice So it s funny when Jack calls her a reverse snob A comment like that and there are several in this book stopped me in my tracks and made me think about Olive s outlook, and outlooks in real life I love it that Strout stirs the pot and makes you think.As I started each story, I was panting hoping forscoop about people I met in the first book Instead, new people were constantly being introduced, which got annoying as I had to remember a bunch of new names But if Strout had continued with some of the original characters, I would have had to reread stories in Olive Kitteridge to keep track, which would have been a royal pain so, careful what I wish for We did get follow ups on some people, and I slurped up their stories like I was dying of thirst Ha, and one nasty person from book 1 got theirs in book 2, and that s always oh so satisfying Way to go, Strout I could bring out the Complaint Board, but I just don t want to write the words Complaint Board all bold face and vivid It s Strout Come on I just can t So, about that missing magic I m trying to figure out why I said this book doesn t have the magic that Olive Kitteridge does, and here are the reasons I came up with The language just doesn t make the hair on my arms stand up Making sentences sing is an art, and with Strout s simplistic sentences, it s even harder to do I ve read Strout s My Name Is Lucy Barton, and I had the same problem just some little thing in the language didn t click with me Maybe it seemed over simplistic With Anything Is Possible and Olive Kitteridge, the language absolutely mesmerized me Hair on my arms standing up all over the place The stories here don t have as many surprises or twists The stories are WAYdepressing Too much introspection and philosophizing at the cost of plot I had fewer favorite stories in this collection, and even they seemed a little less powerful than the earlier Olive stories Hands down favorite story The Poet About a conversation between Olive and a former student who became a famous poet OMG is this a great story Ends with quite a zinger I want to go reread that one right now Runners up include Cleaning A disturbing story about a teenager cleaning houses The End of the Civil War Days A house with duct tape that divides territory, and a daughter with a secret life Labor Olive s thoughts while a mom to be opens presents at a baby shower are priceless The scene made me laugh and it made me nod Oh, poor Olive And there s a big, unexpected event, which changes the story entirely.The fact that the stories are so depressing is a big deal for me Maybe it s worse because the stories are so realistic And as Olive got older, I got older The physical and psychological problems that old people have are huge and ugly, and Strout gently shoves them in our faces I see sawed between feeling like the last couple of stories were cathartic and feeling like I couldn t stand another minute of reading about all the gloom ahead for me Besides, if I want catharsis, my old fart friends are just a phone call away I have a major senior birthday coming up here next month The problems of the aging Olive hit way too close to home So this, of course, is not a criticism of the book it s just that the subject matter bummed me out too much I m thinking that if you re under 65, you ll have an easier time reading this book it may not depress you you ll be able to fully appreciate the beauty of the stories, the art of this amazing writer, without thinking, uh oh, I could be next There s talk about the fear of death Again, on one hand I love that Strout covers such a real and important topic one that no one wants to talk about , but on the other hand, reading about it makes me anxious as hell It s times like this that I say, bring on the funny, bring on fantasy lives I read for escape, to help me avoid thinking about scary things that I have no power to change This book didn t take me far enough away from reality.Despite my complaints, I recommend this book Strout is a master storyteller Her stories are intense, her characters are vivid and complex I highlighted a gazillion sentences and paragraphs , which I only do when I m super engaged and impressed There s so much wisdom in this book If you loved Olive Kitteridge, you ll love this book If you didn t read Olive Kitteridge yet, you don t have to read it first, but I think it makes the experience of reading this one a little richer I hope hope hope that they do another TV series based on Olive s life But they d absolutely have to get Frances McDormand to play Olive again I think hair and makeup artists could make her age perfectly Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Olive Kitteridge is a difficult woman, formidable and even harsh at times One who says what she thinks and lets the chips fall where they may It would be fair to say she is not universally liked, referred to by some as that old bag The indignities of aging are front and center In her 80 s now, Olive reflects on the effect of bad memories that follow you through life, profound loneliness, becoming invisible These interwoven storie Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Olive Kitteridge is a difficult woman, formidable and even harsh at times One who says what she thinks and lets the chips fall where they may It would be fair to say she is not universally liked, referred to by some as that old bag The indignities of aging are front and center In her 80 s now, Olive reflects on the effect of bad memories that follow you through life, profound loneliness, becoming invisible These interwoven stories carry with them an intimacy, a kind of melancholy beauty tinged with regret Olive thinks everything is crap or does she Elizabeth Strout is back and so is the memorable curmudgeon Olive Kitteridge Somewhat older now and heavier, but she s still formidable with her forthright personality and smart mouth tell it like it is comments that seem to explode out of her Everyone in Crosby, Maine whether visitor or resident seem to have a truckload of major problems in their life, and they all seem to know or are connected to Olive in one way or another The format of Olive thinks everything is crap or does she Elizabeth Strout is back and so is the memorable curmudgeon Olive Kitteridge Somewhat older now and heavier, but she s still formidable with her forthright personality and smart mouth tell it like it is comments that seem to explode out of her Everyone in Crosby, Maine whether visitor or resident seem to have a truckload of major problems in their life, and they all seem to know or are connected to Olive in one way or another The format of this novel is similar to book one as we are introduced to a variety of characters, both old and new.and their outlandish, often complex stories Olive is still a hoot, honest to a fault, but a person with a good heart and worries of her own as she admits to and laments a multitude of mistakes in her life OLIVE, AGAIN will break your heart and make you smile with its honest emotion So agree with her assessment of petunia s and not wanting to cross over that bridge Arc provided by Random House Publishing Group Random House via NetGalley in exchange for review Crotchety, stubborn, judgmental and ultimately empathetic to others Olive, I have missed you Just like Olive, herself, these interlinked stories are surprising, unsettling, humorous, and very human The struggles with loss, loneliness, remorse, and sorrow are matters which none of us may escape Welcome back, Olive. New York Times Bestselling Author And Pulitzer Prize Winner Elizabeth Strout Continues The Life Of Her Beloved Olive Kitteridge, A Character Who Has Captured The Imaginations Of Millions Of ReadersPrickly, Wry, Resistant To Change Yet Ruthlessly Honest And Deeply Empathetic, Olive Kitteridge Is A Compelling Life Force San Francisco Chronicle The New Yorker Has Said That Elizabeth Strout Animates The Ordinary With An Astonishing Force, And She Has Never Done So Clearly Than In These Pages, Where The Iconic Olive Struggles To Understand Not Only Herself And Her Own Life But The Lives Of Those Around Her In The Town Of Crosby, Maine Whether With A Teenager Coming 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 Lawyer 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 Grace Olive has not changed much since I last spent time in her company, she is still the same opinionated, domineering, judgmental, interfering and needy woman, but time has passed Time without her husband, Henry, whose quiet, gentle ways and willingness to see the good in people no longer softened the bitterness in their home since his passing, but it is also only in his death that she seems to begin to recognize the value of his ways in her life As in Olive Kitteridge, the characters that populat Olive has not changed much since I last spent time in her company, she is still the same opinionated, domineering, judgmental, interfering and needy woman, but time has passed Time without her husband, Henry, whose quiet, gentle ways and willingness to see the good in people no longer softened the bitterness in their home since his passing, but it is also only in his death that she seems to begin to recognize the value of his ways in her life As in Olive Kitteridge, the characters that populate these intermingled stories don t lead exciting lives there isn t much in Crosby, Maine that has changed There are few opportunities for significant change, since the town seems to hang onto the ways of doing things the way they ve always been done, while at the same time growing somewhat in social awareness Olive is, of course, still viewed by the town as the disagreeably irritable woman that has been crabby so long that she is referred to by such descriptions asThat pickle person You know what s like a picklefollowed by another sayingThat s just who she is These stories, which are all linked to Olive in one way or another, through past association as students or teachers she worked with before her retirement, longtime neighbors, they share these inner thoughts of Olive, and sometimes with Olive about life in Crosby, and their life struggles, and their lives since leaving Crosby Still, this is Olive s story With the passage ofyears behind than before her, looking back on her life over the years, I loved the subtle growth in Olive, how she begins to see her failures as well as her growth, declaring herself perhapsoh, just a tiny tiny bit better as a personand finds herself wishing that Henry was around to see her light shine through Pub Date 15 Oct 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Random House For those who loved Olive Kitteridge, as I did, have no fear Olive is still Olive And for those who have loved Strout s previous books, a few characters make an appearance in this one Olive is still the crusty, prickly, and judgmental woman who says what she thinks But, she s mellowing Perhaps it s the indignities of aging, or the fact that at her age the losses mount up quickly, but Olive takes a long hard look at herself and doesn t always like what she sees As Olive deals with the harsh For those who loved Olive Kitteridge, as I did, have no fear Olive is still Olive And for those who have loved Strout s previous books, a few characters make an appearance in this one Olive is still the crusty, prickly, and judgmental woman who says what she thinks But, she s mellowing Perhaps it s the indignities of aging, or the fact that at her age the losses mount up quickly, but Olive takes a long hard look at herself and doesn t always like what she sees As Olive deals with the harsh realities of getting older, she must also face some harsh truths about herself There s a particularly poignant moment when Olive realizes that how others see her is far different than she sees herself Her eyes are opened that she has reaped what she has sown Which should give satisfaction, but instead it made me evenempathetic, because the source of Olive s dysfunction is damage done in childhood She doesn t want to be the way she is It s complicated, this life of ours We see her struggling to be a better person, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much But as we saw in the first book, Olive has a soft center and can be incredibly understanding and kind as she reaches out to others who are hurting Then the next moment she s judgmental and ugly Perhaps she islike most of us than we care to admit, a combination of great characteristics with some not so nice ones Olive simply says some things out loud that most of us might only think, as when she declares the art at a local art fair to be crap I loved that this book caused me to think and reflect I could only read two stories at a time before stopping to absorb and discuss what I d just read If you aren t in the mood to read about illness, death, and the indignities of aging, then you might want to set this aside for later Having just lost my mother a few months ago, there were parts that were painfully true to life As difficult as it was for me, I appreciate that Strout doesn t sugarcoat the reality Strout writes beautifully and with enormous empathy for the human condition, and is one of the few authors who writes about ordinary lives in an extraordinary way But, as in any collection, some of the stories resonated while others, not so much I confess that several had me scratching my head for days I simply couldn t figure out why they were included or what purpose they served to the overall story Except perhaps this people are complicated and we are all struggling with the reality of being flawed humans in a flawed world Highly recommended, this would make an excellent choice for book clubs I m glad I had Marialyce as my book buddy to discuss this with as we read This was going to be a solid 4 stars for the reasons I mentioned above, but days later I am still thinking about this book, so for that, it got bumped up to 5 stars I received a digital copy of the book via NetGalley All opinions are my own For this and other reviews please visit


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