Olive Kitteridge is an enigma. Mostly contentious but occasionally worthy of the reader's sympathy, perhaps because we see her in ourselves. Set in coastal Maine described over a period of years in its rugged beauty and hardship, this novel-in-stories reveals the characters' private lives and intimate thoughts. There are secrets in every story. The book is really about Olive--her life from young motherhood to widowhood--but all other characters are woven around her. All characters lead outwardly ordinary lives but much is uncovered and real life is mirrored here by the author's exceptionally skilled writing. Olive learns that "One is never too old for surprises." Olive Kitteridge is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.
Recommended by Ruth Ann Johnson