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Olive, Again

Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Series: Olive Kitteridge, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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An extraordinary new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, number one New York Times best-selling author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name Is Lucy Barton

Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet deeply lovable 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.  

©2019 Elizabeth Strout (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"One of America's finest writers." (Sunday Times)

 "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)

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Every-day lives made to matter

Eleven years ago Elizabeth Strout published "Olive Kitteridge" set in ordinaryville, Crosby, in Maine, which finished with strident, all-seeing Olive at 70.

"Olive Again" takes Olive further: widowed, into a second marriage with Jack (overweight and not the man he was since his prostate surgery); into old age with all its alone-ness, frustrations and indignities - and a second widowhood. That sounds beyond depressing, but these inter-linked, powerfully charged stories in which characters come and go tug at the heartstrings with such poignancy, such insights - and humour - that we're drawn right in.

These are ordinary characters living ordinary lives but Strout makes them matter, and makes us feel the magnitude of their apparently insignificant disappointments and sadnesses. A grandmother plagues her uninterested visitor with pictures of her grandchildren on her phone, rattling on at length about their cuteness. "Oh I talk too much about them," she gushes. "Yes, you do," replies the visitor and the grandmother's world collapses.

The tragic failures of relationships are explored with infinite subtlety - between Olive and her grown-up son and his hostile step children who stare sullenly; the silent, alienated old couple who have divided their living space with tape. "Tell your father to take you out because I'm not!" says the wife to the dog.

I loved this and the narrator Kimberly Farr's presentation of the dialogue and Olive's thoughts is masterly..

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Love this book!

Just like the original Olive Kitteridge this is well written, thought provoking and heart warming. It offers so many human insights, without being in the least bit 'preachy', and the first class narration makes it very easy to listen to. First class.

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Growing old

There can’t be many more perceptive works about growing old. Olive is delightfully difficult. Though she is universally seen as a strong if difficult woman these stories reveal her full of self doubt. Wonderful detail brilliant characters perfect stories.

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A great read overall 5 stars

Easily a 5 star performance by Elizabeth Strout in letting us into Olive Kitteridge’s life and beautifully read by Kimberly Farr.

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A fitting follow up for Olive !

Elizabeth Strout has given us another gem. Olive continues to be difficult and outspoken and at the same time so in touch and humane.
The book takes us through a new partnership, family alienation, illness death of loved ones, increasing decrepitude and facing one's own death. Through all this, it is not maudlin or depressing, it is often wise insightful and very funny.
Elizabeth Strout has cleverly interwoven characters, previously encountered in 'Olive Kitteridge' and has developed or continued their stories for us too.
I liked so much I just had to keep on listening and now I'm sad the story is over.

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Olive continued....

Loved this. I had a visual the whole time of the Olive in the tv series. I didn’t know about the exiles it was the only part that was laboured for me. Otherwise I looked forward to every chapter, her view on family and her straight talking.

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