Olive, Again

Elizabeth Strout

fiction contemporary short stories
emotional reflective medium-paced

304 pages | first published 2019

The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace.

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reflective 100%
emotional 78%
funny 47%
hopeful 47%
sad 42%
inspiring 21%
lighthearted 15%
challenging 10%
dark 10%
relaxing 10%
informative 5%
mysterious 5%
tense 5%


medium 52%
slow 42%
fast 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 43% | It's complicated: 37% | No: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 75% | Yes: 18% | It's complicated: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 93% | No: 6%

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