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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

2008, Simon & Schuster

I vowed to read no more books until posting all the backlogged ones, but I cheated with Olive Kitteridge, a story of marriage, family, and small town life. I thought I could get away with it, and just never post it, but here I am with just a few comments.

1. It's really good, but the HBO mini-series by the same name is even better; the novel portrays a larger number of individual townspeople, resulting in the chapters skipping around between stories too often for my taste, although the short well-written chapters make it easy to read anywhere, anytime.

2. Olive is a strong, stubborn woman who never apologizes; except once for a trivial trespass. But there they were, Olive Kitteridge apologizing to Mary Blackwell, and Mary's face kind, gentle, absolutely forgiving. p 198 This is a touching moment when Olive realizes she isn't always right about people. It made me think of the power of forgiveness.

3. Quiet joy:

There were days...when Henry would hold her hand as they walked home, middle-aged people, in their prime. Had they known at these moments to be quietly joyful? Most likely not. People mostly did not know enough when they were living life that they were living it. p 201

4. To read:

2019, Random House

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