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Author: Elizabeth Strout Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781455815333
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2009 Pulitzer Prize winner in the Letters, Drama and Music category

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama—desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Abide with Me and Amy and Isabelle] were good; this one is better…It illuminates both what people understand about others and what they understand about themselves…The pleasure in reading Olive Kitteridge comes from an intense identification with complication, not always admirable characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A unified cycle of finely observed tales focusing on characters inhabiting a single town…[A] brilliant evocation of emotion…A gratifying stunner…in language we understand with the heart.”

    Boston Globe

  • “You will find yourself thinking about this touching, prickly character long after you have finished.”


  • “Perceptive, deeply empathetic…Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout’s unforgettable novel in stories.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A thoughtful, compelling collection.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she’s not onstage, we look forward to her return.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “[Strout] woos us with her sweeping descriptions of lush Main landscapes…[Her] true gift, though is describing life’s finer details; the normal, everyday things that might otherwise be overlooked…Strout’s style is as clean and polished as the inside of an oyster shell; flip that shell over, though, and it’s layered and gritty.”


  • “Olive Kitteridge is an astringent seventh-grade math teacher with a ‘big, intelligent face’ and a long history in the fictional town of Crosby, Maine. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking her, or the X-axto-knife work of her creator, Elizabeth Strout…Strout chisels beautiful sentences…Reading Olive Kitteridge sets us tingling, throws open a window on our stale assumptions. In blows the startling, salty air of small-town lives.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force…[She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air.”

    New Yorker

  • “Strout is a good writer, able to paint compelling pictures with a few deft brush strokes…Her collection of…characters will stay with you well after.”

    Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

  • “One of the year’s best…A piece of multi-textured music—[and] a great piece of writing about life in small town America…A fascinating collection…Strout’s writing here is deep and masterful.”

    Buffalo News

  • “Love and acceptance are the underlying themes Strout carefully buries between the lines of unhappiness throughout the novel, making Olive Kitteridge and her family, friends, and foes tangible, set in a story just as real.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Strout has a wonderful ability to turn a phrase…[Olive Kitteridge] hold[s] what life puts in: experience, joy, grief, and the sometimes-painful journey to love.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Masterfully wrought collection.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge…You’ll never forget her…[Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion…Glorious, powerful stuff.”

    USA Today

  • “Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Strout’s sensitive insights and luminous prose affirm life’s pleasures…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 (starred review)

  • “A heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of ordinary coastal Mainers living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection…[This] collection is easy to read and impossible to forget.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A 2008 Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year
  • A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
  • A 2008 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year
  • A 2008 Entertainment Weekly Best Book
  • A 2008 People Magazine Best Book
  • A 2008 USA Today Best Book
  • A 2008 ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2008 Salon Magazine Best Book
  • A 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

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About the Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton, and the New York Times bestseller The Burgess Boys, as well as Abide with Me, a 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.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.