Carolyn Clarke is the founder and curator of HenLit Central, a blog focused on ‘life and lit’ for women over 40. And Then There’s Margaret is her first novel. She has been an ESL teacher for over sixteen years and has co-authored several articles and resources with Cambridge University Press, MacMillan Education and her award-winning blog ESL Made Easy. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her partner, Tony, her two daughters and of course her bulldog, Sophie.

Books Rated/Reviewed by Carolyn Clarke

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Loved It

I loved the first book (and the limited HBO series) and I sure loved this one too! In Olive, Again, we continue following the stern and undeniably depressed yet witty character, Olive Kittridge, who loathes life it seems and the changes going on around her, including the people in her town. Strout once again masterfully weaves a whole range of topics in with humor and sadness when it comes to love, aging, motherhood, death and dying. I hope to see this one on screen too.

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Loved It

I’ve read a lot of books and this one was one of the best. It’s a well-written story about love and loss. The intense humor and simplicity of it was what grabbed and kept my attention. And you will fall in love with Ove, a simple, grumpy, miserable man who doesn’t like modern technology nor his neighbors. On the brink of ending it all to be with his wife, he slowly (in his own way) shows us who he really is and what he becomes by the end of it. It was a very satisfying read.

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This book made me laugh and cry. Eleanor Oliphant has been one of the most well-written characters I’ve read in a long time. She is strong, smart and witty with a profound sense of depth. I loved the humor and of course the writing. We were able to get inside of Eleanor’s head and go along with her on her tragic yet enjoyable journey.

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