Olive Again

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout brings back the cranky, irrepressible Olive. Maine life has never looked quite so small, and frankly gloomy. The writing is excellent and despite her best efforts to be pretty horrible to anyone who might care about her, Olive is a winning character. There is a beating heart in there and the author has taken pains to create a complex, well-developed woman who has been through a lot.