Winning the Pulitzer Prize was my first clue that "Olive Kitteridge" must be a very good book. I found the author to be extremely perceptive in showing us what life and growing old means to Olive and to many of the people in her life. Strout shows us also the variety of ways they impact each other in touching, sad and occasionally humorous ways. I loved her artful construction of the book into a series of interrelated short stories. A true masterpiece.
It was fascinating to me to learn in this book of the progress made in educating girls - and now women - in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Not only is Greg an inspired leader, but also an articulate writer. He describes beautifully what has transpired since Three Cups of Tea. I also think his choice of narrators is most appropriate. After all, the whole focus of Greg and his institute's mission involves girls and now women, does it not?
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