I'm slightly torn about how I feel towards this book. While I enjoyed Strout's interesting approach to telling a fictional narrative.... she tells us 13 different stories about people in a small Maine town, and each story gives us either a glimiar or a deep understand as to who Olive Kitteridge is... I think that is the only reason why I did enjoy it. Otherwise, most of the stories were quiet depressing and rarely uplifting. Although it seems hard to believe that everyone in the town has sad secrets, it probably isn't all that unlike reality. All-in-all a good book but not a very happy one.