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
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.
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.