Strout's linked stories shape up as a terrific novel, something of modern day Winesburg Ohio in which the title character just plays a minor role in
the story being told. Though Olive Kitteridge does ultimately emerge as a powerful and memorable figure.
The author is a fine observer of life in small town America, with a take no prisoners approcah to the human condition. This is not a fluffy beach read, especially for anyone of a
Here are some of Strout's similes I would have included in Simile Dictionary if I'd read the book before now.
A cliche freshened with a new simile: A girl neat as a pin, if plain as a plate .
The awkward, nervous appearnace of a young couple getting married has them looking stiff as driftwood. Also in the APPEARANCe category, Strout describes somene's legs as skinny as spider legs.
The fresh air and beauty of nature plays a big role in the Maine setting. And so the effect of fresh air on one character is like a cold washcloth on his face
The effects of a bad experience with another family leaves its mark: The visit to the Larkin home sat inside her like a dark, messy injection of sludge spreading throughout her body. Only telling someone about it would get it hosed out.
The author's new book, The Burgess Boys is on my list of this summer's reading list.
There's also a striking metaphor to depict the changes people go through over the years: The natural rubber ban around people's lives that curiosity stretched for a while had long ago returned to encompass their own particularities