Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout

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Narrated By: Kimberly Farr

Duration: 12 hours and 15 minutes

What to expect

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An extraordinary new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Number One New York Times bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton

Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet deeply loveable 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.

'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

© Elizabeth Strout 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2019

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Interior life, Family life fiction

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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

It's hard to believe that a year after the astonishing My Name Is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout could bring us another book that is by every measure its equal, but what Strout proves to us again and again is that where she's concerned, anything is possible. This book, this writer, are magnificent.

Ann Patchett on 'Anything is Possible'

She gets better with each book

Emotionally honest, psychologically piercing and ultimately life-affirming

The i

Her writing is exquisite; her vision is boundless. What a sublime book.

Funny, sad, tender and truthful, this is pure joy

Stylist

A special, precious book...full of hope and humanity

Red

In Olive Kitteridge, Strout has created one of those rare characters...so vivid and humorous they seems to take on a life independent of the story framing them

Guardian

Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force

New Yorker

There's no simple truth about human existence, Strout reminds us, only wonderful, painful complexity. 'Well, that's life,' Olive says. 'Nothing you can do about it.' Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Strout, always good, just keeps getting better

Vogue

A writer at the peak of her powers

Literary Review

A novel to treasure... Olive, Again, like Strout's first book, delivers roughly five hours of spine-tingling pleasure.

Sunday Times

A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own. In Olive, Again, she teaches us that there is always more to know about human beings, even the ones we are closest to.

A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships

Observer

A perfect novel

Financial Times

Glorious

The Times

Elizabeth Strout is... one of the undisputed heavyweights of generous, clear-eyed domestic realism

Daily Mail

Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue

Hilary Mantel on 'My Name is Lucy Barton'

Olive, Again is a tour de force. With extraordinary economy of prose - few writers can pack so much emotion, so much emotion, so much detail into a single paragraph - Strout immerses us in the lives of her characters, each so authentically drawn as to be deserving of an entire novel themselves. Compassionate, masterly and profound, this is a writer at the height of her powers

Observer

Strout again demonstrates her gift for zeroing in on ordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people to highlight their extraordinary resilience