Thursday, December 24, 2009
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
This book wasn't quite what I expected. It was almost more of a collection of related short stories than a novel; each chapter could almost stand on its own. Olive Kitteridge is a domineering school teacher in a small town in Maine whom we get to know through her interactions and relationships with her family and the townspeople. My favorite chapter was the first one, which was about Olive's husband Henry, a pharmacist in the next town over. I also loved this line about another couple in the book: "It was as if marriage had been a long, complicated meal, and now there was this lovely dessert." I rated this book 3 out of 5.