Reading “Olive, Again”

Can you see Fate in the arch of the “eye”?

When I first started reading Elizabeth Strout’s latest book, “Olive, Again I had the feeling it was going to be like a “not so good” sequel to “Olive Kitteridge.   I didn’t find myself liking or even caring about Jack, who we meet in the first chapter, and his problems.

But as I read, it all came back to me why I love  Strout’s books.

Her characters are complex, her language is simple, and she imbues everyday life with small moments that light up in a brilliant spark and remind me of the compassion that human beings are uniquely capable of.

And eventually, like the woman who married Jack, I came to like him sometimes and not at others.

8 thoughts on “Reading “Olive, Again”

  1. I haven’t read anything by Strout but this book has been on my radar for quite some time. I liked the “Olive” series when it was televised some years ago. Thanks for mentioning the book. Also, due to your recommendation, I read Where the Crawdads Sing and absolutely loved that book. So thanks for that!

    1. Oh good Barbara, I’m so glad you like Where the Crawdads Sing. Apparently it’s one of the years hottest books. They did a really good job with the tv version of Olive Kitteridge. If you like that I’d bet you’ll like “Olive, Again”.

  2. loved the first book and bought the second as soon as it came out (even before it made Oprah’s list!), and neither disappointed!
    happy new year!

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