Friday, June 12, 2009

Pulitzer Prize Winner is a Winner

Normally, I'm not a big fan of short stories, but I am a huge fan of this year's Pulitzer Prize winner, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, a novel told in thirteen short stories.
The novel tells the story of Olive, a retired school teacher, and the people who surround her in a small coastal Maine town. Her story along with the stories of her husband, a lounge singer haunted by a past love, her Olive's own resentful son.
Kirkus Reviews (February 1, 2008) said it is:
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.
I listened to the book and enjoyed the narrator, Sandra Burr, tremendously. She really made Olive's character come alive. I will remember Olive's voice for a long time.