This is the Newberry selection for March and I am so sad that I am going to miss the discussion. I am so interested to hear what my fellow book group folks think of this one.
Here were my 3 phases of reading during "Olive Kitteridge".
Phase I - Wow, this is a gutsy way to write a book. Each chapter could be considered a short story with Olive popping up at some point. The author makes her a local schoolteacher so it's not odd that she would know a lot of people in the town during different phases of their life. The danger is if the chapters are not even and someone likes one better than the other. I could see why this one won the Pulitzer Prize.
Phase II - C'mon....how many bad things can happen to one person? Or one town? And Christopher wins the worst son award right after Gogol in "Namesake". This is getting tiring.
Phase III - The end. You have got to be kidding me. I don't think Olive Kitteridge would like this book. I felt dumb at the end. Such a great start and then psssssstt............
Don't bother - if you want to read a better small town book pick up "Downtown Owl".