Elizabeth Strout is one of my favourite authors. I love her characters and Olive Kitteridge is one of my favourites. Her best seller in 2008 was Olive Kitteridge which was also made into a TV 4 part mini-series starring Frances McDormand.
Olive has been described as blunt, erratic and bad tempered. She is nosy and judgemental, yet with all her flaws we love her and want her to be ok. The relationship she has with her son Christopher is difficult. When Olive’s feelings are hurt we really do feel for her.
Her latest book Olive, again is just as good. Olive is now older; she marries Jack and her relationship to her son Christopher improves. I loved her more mellow and accepting view of the world. I could see this being made into a brand new mini-series starring Frances McDormand.
My latest pick is Elizabeth Strout’s Olive, Again,” Oprah says. “Ah, Olive. She teaches us so much about loneliness, judgment, aging, and loss. And empathy, too. I’m in awe of Strout’s ability to convey so much in so few words.
A little bit about the author:
Elizabeth Strout grew up in Maine, USA and didn’t have her first book published until she was 45. Her stories were rejected for 15 years. The isolation of growing up in the country helped her develop inner resources.
“Ever since I was a child, I always wanted to know what it felt like to be another person.” And as a child she loved to talk.
After college Elizabeth told her mother she wanted to be a writer. Her mother replied “Well you’ve never had a shortage of words.”
She always believed success would come to her and we as readers are very grateful.
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