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Olive, Again

Written by: Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
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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Elizabeth Strout has inexplicably put together a story so complex, yet so simple. The life we lead, and how latter we ponder over the little things. There is so much to learn from Olive, her love for foe love, her curiosity (which can be a little nosy), her attitude towards life on the whole. What piqued my interest, was her ability to bounce back from loss, her reasoning about different situations, and her openess to accept. The book is just not about Olive but about all the old people in the neighborhood and their moments of introspection on the life they led. We all have the same ending, yet our lives are so vivid and different. the questions we forget in our busy lives are the ones we think we should have early on. I am take back so much from this labour of love, a feeling, the love, the joy and the hope that we seldom notice. This book of love will put you in touch with a part of you that is burried, and will surface an appreciation for people you may think you never had.

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 13-11-19

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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  • 08-01-20

Absolutely loved it

This book made me laugh and cry, Olive was such a snob and yet I couldn't help feeling sorry for her.
I loved the way the author involved her in other stories as we got to know other characters.
Most wonderful narration by Kimberly Farr...I could listen to any book narrated by her, she has a great voice and protrayed the story so well.

Would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Miss
  • 05-03-20

Wonderful, again.

I just loved Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again. Elizabeth’s writing is so intelligent, so subtle and there’s such humour. I LOVED the narration too. Kimberly really brought Olive to life for me. I’m sad I’ve finished the books!

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  • myttentwitten
  • 28-01-20

A Masterpiece

Deeply moving and brilliant follow up to Olive Kitteridge. Poignant and at times funny, you never want to say goodbye to Olive!

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  • katea
  • 18-01-20

Olive.

I love Olive Kitteridge. She’s feisty, honest, awkward and difficult but she’s also kind in her own way. I’m going to miss her

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  • LP
  • 17-01-20

Sensational

Farr captures the essence of Olive and what a delight these stories are! They are moving, often laugh-out loud funny and very uplifting - quite a feat considering the subject - old age.

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  • D.N.Worthington
  • 16-01-20

Stupendous

Wonderfully detailed writing and character study, superbly read by someone who's truly understood the author's intent

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  • mrs m thomas
  • 16-01-20

Beautifully real

Loved this even more than the first book. Such a thoughtful portrayal of the final years, reflecting on life not simply with sadness and regret not with laughter, humility and deep awareness.
It is beautifully written, characters you connect with and a gentle, prod to the meaning of life and what really matters. Loved it.

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  • Karen Long
  • 13-01-20

Very affecting and human

We should all appreciate the individuality of others and try to get along with them more difficult... as they are the most interesting... loved this more than the first Olive Kitteridge book

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  • Sylviarowlands
  • 12-01-20

A view of what’s to come.

I’m just 60 and left feeling unsettled about this book, saddled actually. Olive was a hard woman / grandmother. Not a happy book.

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  • Maeb
  • 26-11-19

Totally absorbed by its candor

I was unexpectedly drawn into this book. I’m an older reader and I find most material trivial. This however, was to me, full of honest discussions of real life, mixed with a heartfelt understanding revaling things i have seen a thousand times but never really ‘seen’. It’s rare for me to find a book worth finishing but this was one of them.
Perhaps, I do think you need to reach a certain age where it is most valuable but it is nevertheless provoking and well told. The ‘voices’ were wonderfully engaging and I compliment the reader for such a beautiful portrayal

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