Huh. Apparently it’s an HBO series now.
I first read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout a couple of years ago. In the reading, I thought it was a series of thematically linked short stories about the titular Olive Kitteridge, her family and her hometown.
It is, and it isn’t. It’s meant as a novel, and when I got to the end, it felt like one. What had occurred in the space between the stories was exactly as clear as it needed to be and the characters were both familiar and fantastic. Somehow, Elizabeth Strout infuses the narrative with the intimacy of a small town: you know everyone, but that doesn’t make you close friends. You can still be surprised and you often are, precisely because of that familiarity.
Seeing aging, loss, and loneliness with Olive Kitteridge is a powerful journey with a powerful woman, and as such, is well worth your time.
Hennepin County Library: https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/item/show/4376405109_olive_kitteridge