Changed up my summer reading from Hakan Nesser and Inspector Van Veeteren, whom I enjoy, to Elisabeth Strout.
Her novel Olive Kitteridge is about a seventh grade math teacher, now retired. It's really a collection of short stories about the people, the families, and the interactions in a small Maine town. They are the kind of things a long-time high school teacher in a small town would be in touch with. Olive is the subject of some of the stories and crosses paths with the main characters of the other stories.
I really enjoyed this book, Strout's insights on the human condition are entertaining and valuable. While people deal with life's challenges and disappointments and find their way through the difficulties fears and emotional challenges of life are fascinating and instructive.
I highly recommend this book when you are ready for a change from murder and mayhem!Have you read Olive Kitteridge? Write. Tell this little bit of the world what you think.
- The author's web site.
- Louisa Thomas' review in The New York Times
- Book group discussion guide for Olive Kitteridge
- Jana Siciliano's review at Book Reporter
- 'Emotional wallop' secures Pulitzer for Elizabeth Strout