As part of The Cabin Literary Center's Readings and Conversations Series, Boise will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout on Wednesday, March 14, to read a selection from her latest work, Olive Kitteridge. The Cabin Director Dede Ryan read the collection of short stories with her local book club.
"You learn about Olive Kitteridge first from her husband. After I finished the first story, I was so sorry because I loved the character. And then she's featured in the next story," Ryan said.
Elizabeth Strout began her writing career as a child armed with a notebook, exploring the coasts and forests of New England. Now living in New York City, Strout has said the nameless faces in corner delis make her life a cast of characters.
For Olive Kitteridge, Strout has created a series of short stories that focus on one woman, a retired school teacher. Each tale is a different perspective on her life. From the perspective of a lounge musician, a young student and others surrounding Kitteridge in Crosby, Maine, the book centers on the despair and drama of human existence.
"It's a very unusual structure. You get to learn more about this character from different perspectives," said Ryan.
Strout's writing style, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "funny, wicked and remorseful," garnered her the 2009 Pulitzer Prize and a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as made her a New York Times bestseller. Her previous novels include Abide With Me and Amy and Isabelle.