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    Simply Brilliant!

    Delightful, outstanding, and in a league of it's own! 'Olive, Again' follows the same structure as 'Olive Kitteridge', which was its prequel, both a series of linked vignettes featuring the inhabitants of Crosby, Maine, in which Olive herself features to varying degrees. What a joy it was to spend more time with Olive Kitteridge, as wry and brutally honest as ever! Although many can't abide her brutal honesty and forthrightness, there are a few souls who can look past her gruff exterior and see that essentially she has a kind heart. The grumpy, abrupt maths teacher, is now coming to terms with loss and old age, however, her frosty relationship with her son is thawing, and she has found new love in an unexpected place. Elizabeth Strout delivered a masterful, unrestrained and exuberant concoction of linked stories about heartache, loneliness, and ageing, never shying away from darker themes such as abuse, toxic families, and the challenges of alcoholism and infidelity. As before, I found her writing terribly authentic, moving, witty and real. Brilliantly compelling, 'Olive, Again' was a cracking read and a book that I revelled in all the way through, bringing with it no disappointments. It was a huge pleasure to return to the town of Crosby and spend some more time in Olive's company. I was sad to say goodbye but I will cherish the experience. I would love to read more from this gifted story-teller and I am delighted to recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Penguin Books UK/Viking via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Closure

    Even though this book isn't as brilliant as the first Olive Kitteridge, it's still relevant - how many books can we read with old characters and their lives and feelings? Also, there's a sense of closure as characters from all the novels by Strout return, continuing and wrapping up their stories. This book is writtenn for Elizabeth Strout readers and it's probably not the best entrance to her work.
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    Beyond wonderful

    I love Elizabeth’s eloquent writing. Olive is such a realistic character, so honest. I’m distraught now I have finished reading this book, during the day I couldn’t wait to find time to enter Olives world when I got home and could begin reading again. I’m left mildly surprised that while Olive was at times a challenging person who could be very off putting, she was still loved dearly by two husbands.
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    Reflections on who we are

    A joy to read. We return to the life of Olive Kettering and of those whose lives intersect hers. The flow of the years is punctuated by the light of the sky and the turning of the leaves. Time passes, and Olive as she grows older continues to be, Olive and no one else. Yet still, she reflects, she does not know who she is, or how others perceive her, despite perceiving the world so intensely. This is a book simply about life.
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    She grows on you!

    I had not liked Olive much in the first book of her name and I found it difficult linking all the stories but, in this novel there is a greater coherence as Olive seems to be more developed. She stoically accepts her life and she remains forthright but somehow she mellows or you get used to her.
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