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Library Happenings – Strout releases sequel to ‘Olive Kitteridge’

By Angie Georgeff

All Hallows’ Eve is nearly upon us and the longest summer that I can recall (outside of the years I lived in Hawaii, of course) is finally beginning to fade into fall. In the stores, Halloween merchandise has already been replaced by Christmas décor, with Thanksgiving barely receiving a nod. The year seems to be rushing to a precipitous close, and 2020 is already looming large. 

Leap year, the 24th decennial census, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, and the 2020 elections will make next year one to remember, but I am in no hurry to get there. This is the time of year when I want to slow down and savor each moment before the rush begins.

If you feel the same way, you will be happy to know that we have recently received a large shipment of DVDs and a few more are on the way. Why not come to the library, borrow a couple of good movies, butter some popcorn and settle in for an evening’s entertainment?

As usual, a list of the new titles will be posted on the wall beside the bookcases where the DVDs are shelved. Take a look at it the next time you visit the library and see what tickles your fancy.

Spotlight Book

In 2008, Elizabeth Strout’s novel “Olive Kitteridge” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  The bestselling book was written as a chain of stories mostly set in the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine and filled with a colorful cast of characters. Cantankerous, opinionated and outspoken, retired schoolteacher Olive Kitteridge is the link that holds them all together.

Taking up where the first novel left off, “Olive, Again” follows the same format and it features many of the same endearingly quirky Mainers.

Olive’s husband Henry has died and she is being courted by widower Jack Kennison. Her son Christopher still lives in New York. Olive’s relationship with him is strained. She has a grandson she has never seen and her son’s wife has just given birth to a stillborn baby. Grieving the child’s death, they are hoping for another pregnancy but Olive is not terribly supportive. After all, the couple already has three children between them.

I enjoy novels that are written as stories. With each chapter being a complete and satisfying serving of fiction, they’re perfect for those occasions when you know the time you have available for reading is limited. This may sound gluttonous, but there are times when I would rather enjoy a dozen cupcakes one at a time than devour an entire cake in one sitting. With “Olive, Again”, Elizabeth Strout offers us a baker’s dozen.