Olive kitteridge free pdf article is about the novel. It presents a portrait of the title character and a number of recurring characters in the coastal town of Crosby, Maine. It takes the form of 13 short stories that are interrelated but discontinuous in terms of narrative. It won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award.
The series won eight awards at the 2015 Primetime Emmys. Henry Kitteridge, the pharmacist of the town of Crosby, reflects back on a time when he employed the timid newlywed Denise Thibodeau. Denise’s husband is also named Henry and Henry Kitteridge feels affection for Denise, whose personality he finds similar to his own, and her husband who bears his name. When Denise’s husband dies in a freak hunting accident Henry takes Denise under his wing and tries to help her rebuild her life.
The two have an emotional affair and Henry daydreams of taking care of Denise though he still loves his cantankerous wife Olive and can’t conceive of leaving her. Denise and Jerry move to Texas and do not appear to have a good marriage. Denise maintains contact with Henry through a yearly Christmas letter. Receiving a letter from her decades later, Henry notes that Denise has finally signed “love”.
A now adult Kevin Coulson returns to Crosby after a long absence. He reflects on how he has not been in town since he was 13 and he plans to go to his childhood home and commit suicide, visiting the dock before he does so. While sitting in his car he is approached by Olive Kitteridge, his former math teacher, who enters his car and speaks to him frankly about his mother’s suicide years before and her own father’s suicide following a long depression.
Spending time with Olive, Kevin begins to feel some reluctance to go through with his plan. During the course of their conversation, Olive notices that a former classmate of Kevin’s, Patty Howe, has fallen in the rapidly rising water. Kevin jumps into the water and manages to prevent Patty from drowning and the two hold on to one another as they wait for proper help to arrive.
Angie O’Meara is a self-taught piano prodigy in her 50s who performs at the Warehouse Bar and Grill. One winter evening she sees her ex-boyfriend Simon has come to see her and during the intermission calls her married lover, Malcolm, and breaks off their relationship. Simon later speaks to Angie to tell her that after they broke up her mother, a prostitute, followed Simon and propositioned him.
Though she is upset Angie realizes that Simon must be lashing out due to his dissatisfaction with his own life. Olive’s only child, Christopher, finally marries at the age of 38.