Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm in the minority when it comes to this book...at least amongst my friends. I enjoyed it. I think it's a realistic look at codependency and, while it didn't go into great depth, it showed how a son was able to break away from his mother's codependency.
I also thought it was a realistic look at how life changes as we move into middle-age and later. I thought several of the couples highlighted in different chapters were rather sweet, especially in how they forgave each other's mistakes and continued to love each other.
Life isn't perfect and I think this book demonstrated that well. More importantly, I think it highlighted how life goes on, even when it doesn't do so perfectly. I thought the ending was hopeful...even a crabby, codependent woman can find a reason to live life and find someone who wants to live a life with her.
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