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  • A novel to treasure... Olive, Again, like Strout's first book, delivers roughly five hours of spine-tingling pleasure.

    Sunday Times
  • Olive, Again is a tour de force. With extraordinary economy of prose - few writers can pack so much emotion, so much emotion, so much detail into a single paragraph - Strout immerses us in the lives of her characters, each so authentically drawn as to be deserving of an entire novel themselves. Compassionate, masterly and profound, this is a writer at the height of her powers

  • Emotionally honest, psychologically piercing and ultimately life-affirming

    The i
  • There's no simple truth about human existence, Strout reminds us, only wonderful, painful complexity. 'Well, that's life,' Olive says. 'Nothing you can do about it.' Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Strout again demonstrates her gift for zeroing in on ordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people to highlight their extraordinary resilience

    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Glorious

    The Times
  • A perfect novel

    Financial Times
  • In Olive Kitteridge, Strout has created one of those rare vivid and humorous they seems to take on a life independent of the story framing them

  • Elizabeth Strout is... one of the undisputed heavyweights of generous, clear-eyed domestic realism

    Daily Mail
  • A special, precious book...full of hope and humanity


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