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August 12, 2020 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm


We will be discussing Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. The first 10 registered attendees will be mailed a free copy of the book. (Books will only be sent to Delaware addresses.)

Those who can obtain their own copy of the book can register as well. People who participate in all three discussions will receive some free swag items from Delaware Humanities!

There will also be an online discussion taking place in our Summer Book Club Facebook group for anyone who is not able to participate in the Zoom discussion.

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Book Summary:

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

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