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Olive, Again - Elizabeth Strout

Hardcover Published: 5th November 2019
ISBN: 9780241374597
Number Of Pages: 272

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Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet deeply loveable Olive Kitteridge as she grows older, navigating the second half of her life as she comes to terms with the changes - sometimes welcome, sometimes not - in her own existence and in those around her.

Olive adjusts to her new life with her second husband, challenges her estranged son and his family to accept him, experiences loss and loneliness, witnesses the triumphs and heartbreaks of her friends and neighbours in the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine - and, finally, opens herself to new lessons about life.

Industry Reviews

A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships * Observer *
Strout really can write you into a world until you feel you are there with her, in that house, that life, that little Podunk of a place * The Times *
Elizabeth Strout's prose is like words doing jazz -- Rachel Joyce
Strout, always good, just keeps getting better * Vogue *
A writer at the peak of her powers * Literary Review *
A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own. In Olive, Again, she teaches us that there is always more to know about human beings, even the ones we are closest to. -- Hilary Mantel
It's hard to believe that a year after the astonishing My Name Is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout could bring us another book that is by every measure its equal, but what Strout proves to us again and again is that where she's concerned, anything is possible. This book, this writer, are magnificent. -- Ann Patchett on 'Anything is Possible'
Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force * New Yorker *
There's no simple truth about human existence, Strout reminds us, only wonderful, painful complexity. 'Well, that's life,' Olive says. 'Nothing you can do about it.' Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) *
She gets better with each book -- Maggie O'Farrell
Strout again demonstrates her gift for zeroing in on ordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people to highlight their extraordinary resilience * Publishers Weekly, starred review *
Her writing is exquisite; her vision is boundless. What a sublime book. -- Rachel Joyce
A novel to treasure... Olive, Again, like Strout's first book, delivers roughly five hours of spine-tingling pleasure. There is plenty of sadness in her characters' lives, but there's also something quite intoxicating, almost enjoyable about their heartache. Refreshing in its honesty, it's a book that never strays from the deepest concerns of the heart. * Sunday Times *
Glorious * The Times *
A perfect novel * Financial Times *
In Olive Kitteridge, Strout has created one of those rare characters...so vivid and humorous they seems to take on a life independent of the story framing them * Guardian *
Elizabeth Strout is... one of the undisputed heavyweights of generous, clear-eyed domestic realism * Daily Mail *
Olive, Again is a tour de force. With extraordinary economy of prose - few writers can pack so much emotion, so much emotion, so much detail into a single paragraph - Strout immerses us in the lives of her characters, each so authentically drawn as to be deserving of an entire novel themselves. Compassionate, masterly and profound, this is a writer at the height of her powers * Observer *
Emotionally honest, psychologically piercing and ultimately life-affirming * The i *
A special, precious book...full of hope and humanity * Red *
Funny, sad, tender and truthful, this is pure joy * Stylist *

ISBN: 9780241374597
ISBN-10: 0241374596
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 5th November 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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Elizabeth Strout

About the Author


Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire.  From a young age she was drawn to writing things down, keeping notebooks that recorded the quotidian details of her days.  She was also drawn to books, and spent hours of her youth in the local library lingering among the stacks of fiction.  During the summer months of her childhood she played outdoors, either with her brother, or, more often, alone, and this is where she developed her deep and abiding love of the physical world: the seaweed covered rocks along the coast of Maine, and the woods of New Hampshire with its hidden wildflowers.


During her adolescent years, Strout continued writing avidly, having conceived of herself as a writer from early on.  She read biographies of writers, and was already studying – on her own – the way American writers, in particular, told their stories.  Poetry was something she read and memorized; by the age of sixteen was sending out stories to magazines.  Her first story was published when she was twenty-six. 

 
Strout attended Bates College, graduating with a degree in English in 1977.  Two years later, she went to Syracuse University College of Law, where she received a law degree along with a Certificate in Gerontology.  She worked briefly for Legal Services, before moving to New York City, where she became an adjunct in the English Department of Borough of Manhattan Community College.  By this time she was publishing more stories in literary magazines and Redbook and Seventeen.  Juggling the needs that came with raising a family and her teaching schedule, she found a few hours each day to work on her writing.

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