Monday, April 20, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winner

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Rank outsider Elizabeth Strout has won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her novel, Olive Kitteridge. Strout beat a pack of literary heavyweights, including Philip Roth, John Updike, Toni Morrison, Annie Proulx, Jhumpa Lahiri, and the hot favorite Marilynne Robinson.

Set in a small town in Maine, Olive Kitteridge binds together 13 short stories. Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, hates change but rarely notices the changes taking place around her.

Strout was raised in small communities in New Hampshire and Maine. The Pulitzer judges said the book "packs a cumulative emotional wallop, bound together by polished prose and by Olive, the title character, blunt, flawed and fascinating."

ABE Books

2009 Pulitzer Prize winner Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


melissa said...

Is Olive that cranky woman? Am I remembering the right book? Seems I read something else she wrote too...oh, just looked it up and it's called 'Abide with Me'. Read that one. Really enjoyed that one. :)

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Ah, a new author unknown to me....more worlds to explore. I'm adding her name to my list for "someday reading" to see if I like her style.

Bonnie said...

I think you are right Melissa!
I will look at the book and see if I like her style too, Sara!
Wish you two lived closer to be in our book club!