Title Profile & Character Information

Olive Kitteridge

Annotation
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesnt always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olives own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.
As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life-sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition-its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

Praise for "Olive Kitteridge"
"Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strouts unforgettable novel in stories."
"-O: The Oprah Magazine "
"Fiction lovers, remember this name: "Olive Kitteridge." . . . Youll never forget her. . . . Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff."
"-USA Today"
"Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When shes not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her."
-"San Francisco Chronicle"
""Olive Kitteridge" still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph."
"-Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
"Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch."
"-Entertainment Weekly"
"Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air."
"-The New Yorker"

Characters
NameKitteridge, Olive
TraitsMarried
Mother

NameKitteridge, Henry
TraitsMarried
Father

NameKiiteridge, Christopher
TraitMarried

GenreFiction
Psychological
Domestic
    --Humorous
TopicsSmall town life
Grief
Teachers
Jealousy
Husbands and wives
Family relationships
Weddings
Aging
Self-discovery
Identity
SettingMaine