#BookBeginnings Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Today we’re highlighting Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize Winner Olive Kitteridge for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Olive Kitteridge* by Elizabeth Strout (2008)

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Summary:  A classic example of literary fiction, this novel reveals the life of school teacher Olive Kitteridge as she interacts with  her family and acquaintances in the small town of Crosby, Maine.

First Sentence:

For many years Henry Kitteridge was a pharmacist in the next town over, driving every morning on snowy roads, or rainy roads, or summertime roads, when the wild raspberries shot their new growth in brambles along the last section of town before he turned off to where the wider road led to the pharmacy.


Interesting that the author chooses to introduce the main character’s husband before the main character.

Have you read Olive Kitteridge?

Do you like literary fiction?



As you may know, we have been reading through the list of the 100 bestsellers picked by the computer algorithm as revealed in The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers.

If you ever have questions about what we are reading next or when we’re starting the next discussion, check the 100 Book List tab in the navigation bar at the top of the blog.

The next book is number 93. Olive Kitterage by Elizabeth Strout (2008) – Discussion begins February 13, 2017.


  1. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews)

    I have heard of this book, but haven’t read it.

    I hope you are enjoying it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  2. Sandra Nachlinger

    Sometimes I enjoy reading literary fiction, and sometimes I want something lighter. I’ve heard of this book, and it sounds like a good story.
    My Friday post features An Innocent Client.

    • Roberta

      Seems like the pacing of literary fiction isn’t for everyone. But the writing itself is beautiful.

  3. Yvonne@FictionBooks

    Hi Roberta,

    Although my favourite genre is a good psychological thriller, I have very eclectic reading tastes and they by no means exclude literary fiction. I have read a couple of what I would term ‘modern literary fiction’ books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I have promised myself for months that I will take time to read some of the classics of literary fiction, but there really just is never enough time.

    I have never read anything by this particular author, but the opening lines you shared would certainly keep me turning the pages and I am not particularly perturbed that they focus on Olive’s husband. The scene is being set for what is about to follow.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend 🙂


    • Roberta

      I like the pace of thrillers, too.

  4. Stormi Johnson

    Not heard of this book, thanks for featuring it.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I do enjoy literary fiction…but I haven’t yet read this one. I did watch (and enjoy) the miniseries based on the book.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      I did see they made a miniseries based on it, but I haven’t seen it yet. Maybe after I finish the book.

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