olive kitteridge by e strout

As of April, Olive Kitteridge received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Yay Strout ;) Yay Olive! :)

“…Olive’s private view is that life depends on what she thinks of as “big bursts” and “little bursts”. Big bursts are things like marriage or children, intimacies that keep you afloat, bu these big bursts hold dangerous, unseen currents. Which is why you need the little bursts as well: a friendly clerk at Bradlee’s, or the waitress at Dunkin Donuts who knows how you like your coffee. Tricky business, really.”

I think this exerpt sums up the personality and dimensions of our protangonist. A woman in her mid sixties, living a retired schoolteacher’s life in Maine, Olive Kitteridge brings a few lives of surburbia together with her wit and passion. She’s stern, perceptive, gentle, hopeful, aggressive and blunt all at the same time. The book is comprised of thirteen different stories but are interconnected by Olive’s presence. It’s like the movie Crash where things sort of come together (or not) in the end.

Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate things when you’ve got it all. And Olive and the other characters remind us that really, life is all about the moments that take your breath away. Each and every day should be wisely and gratefully spent with the people you love, and doing the things you love to do. The book successful tapped into all my emotions and feelings and after I was done, I was left fragile and sensitive.

dee’s recommedation: 4/5