I just finished Olive, Again by Maine author Elizabeth Strout and I highly recommend it.  If you enjoyed the first book about Olive Kitteridge (of the same name) — or even if you haven’t read it – try this book.  Like Olive Kitteridge, it is a collection of inter-related stories that feature the cantankerous retired school teacher, living in the fictional town of Crosby, Maine. (Crosby, by the way, bears a remarkable resemblance to Brunswick, where Strout lives part of the year.)  In some of the stories, Olive is the focus; in others, she only briefly appears.  Olive struggles to understand herself, and her fellow citizens, who include the young woman about to give birth at an inopportune time or the nurse who confesses a secret high school crush.  Olive finds herself listening to people talk about themselves and their sorrows, because as she grows older, she is working on listening more, and talking about herself less.  She is a remarkable character.

Olive Kitteridge won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and is the basis for the Emmy-award winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray.

The ebook version of Olive, Again is available on CloudLibrary in just 15 days!  The wait for the audio version is longer, but many of Elizabeth Strout’s books are available on CloudLibrary.  Try My Name is Lucy Barton or The Burgess Boys.