It took me awhile to get used to the authors style in Olive 1, but then I loved it so starting Olive 2 was just like picking up where I left off! Olive just kept opening up as a character and person , her gruff loud personality with her vulnerable sometimes insecure moments in which I could relate to, those bits of her humanity and tenderness. Her impatience and shame over feeling diminished, but most importantly the insights she had about herself. I think the other stories let me see her from a distance in a way.. from another characters perspective , as she just “ shows up” in another story of the people living in her town, or frequently, she shows up years later through a former student.
It’s like a tapestry of her life weaving in and out through these parallel stories. I loved the book- her humanity and the inner growth and insights she has. Her second husband and a second chance at love. Even a second chance with her son. She’s funny, loud, critical and inpatient, a little bit of a “ snob” as her second husband points out- but also at times so tender and emotional. She sees her flaws. She opens her heart better. She is all of us.
Very good wonderful characters love the stories
I enjoyed much of this book, but it went off the rails when it became partisan political propaganda.
Hard start and at times I was confused on what was going on. I don’t know if it’s my age made me relate to Olive’s story but I would recommend reading.
It was almost as if the writer had changed her style completely with this book. It was was a chore to finish and the thread that wove Olive through the original story so beautifully was alarmingly thin this time. The odd influx of gratuitous sex throughout was a turnoff. Bummer. Is the lesson here to never write a sequel? Maybe.
No plot and hard to make myself finish. Would not recommend.
This book was really hard to keep up with. I was not impressed with this selection.
Great book- if you liked the first Olive this one is right up there with it! Loved it! Such a complicated character, flawed but human/ real.
This book has no plot, limited character development, and was a chore to finish.
It was ok.
Loved first Olive K. Was done with this one when I hit the older Jewish, former NYC lawyer named Bernie who moved to Vermont ... I mean Maine, Maine, Maine ... All too trite.
What an amazing book!