April meetings

Choice of dates for April meetings to discuss Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

  • Wednesday, April 18th at 18.15, Ingeborg Drewitz library Schloss Centre , Rathaus Steglitz (U9 and S-bahn) or
  • Thursday, April 19th at 18.15, Buchkantine, Dortmunderstr, Turmstr. ( U9) or
  • Friday, April 20th at 10.30 am, Ingeborg Drewitz library or
  • Monday, April 30th at 19.30 ( contact Jan for details)
  • There will be no meeting at Books in Berlin.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Set on the coast of Maine, this fantastic Pulitzer Prize winner (2009) is a terrific character study. Olive is an irascible, crabby old lady who is difficult to like. Yet, as her life, marriage, and story play out, her character changes in ways that are wholly believable. This novel runs the gamut of human emotion and delicately exposes the secret inner workings of the human condition. Beautifully written, is a book I didn’t much expect to like — but how wrong I was !

Elizabeth Strout

is the author of Abide with Me, a US bestseller and Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. She is on the faculty of the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lives in New York City


Elizabeth Strout’s new book, Olive Kitteridge, is that hybrid thing: “a novel in stories.” She places all her stories in and around a small coastal town in Maine, and she brings the character of Olive Kitteridge onstage in every one, even if only briefly. But what you begin to realize, as these carefully crafted, individual pieces accumulate, is that together they shape the arc of a narrative,… Washington Post Book Review

“A perfectly balanced portrait of the human condition, encompassing plenty of anger, cruelty and loss without ever losing sight of the equally powerful presences of tenderness, shared pursuits and lifelong loyalty.” Kirkus Reviews

“The pleasure in reading “Olive Kitteridge” comes from an intense identification with complicated, not always admirable, characters. And there are moments in which slipping into a character’s viewpoint seems to involve the revelation of an emotion more powerful and interesting than simple fellow feeling – a complex, sometimes dark, sometimes life-sustaining dependency on others. There’s nothing mawkish or cheap here. There’s simply the honest recognition that we need to try to understand people, even if we can’t stand them.” New York Times

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