Olive Kitteridge & The Good Thief=Oprah’s “Tantalizing Beach Reads”

In the July issue of the magazine, the writers of O, The Oprah Magazine recommend some great reads for the summer months–books you’ll want to have handy for trips to the shore and long days in the park.

One of O‘s selections, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, just earned the author the 2009 Pulitizer Prize for Fiction. Why is this especially exciting to One Story? Strout’s book is made up of 13 short stories. Author Pam Houston calls it, “[an] unforgettable novel in stories.” and notes that these stories are “relentlessly human” and “heart-stoppingly beautiful.”

Another of O‘s recommended reads is near and dear to our hearts–The Good Thief ┬áby our very own, very talented editor Hannah Tinti! In her write up, Cathleen Medwick calls The Good Thief, “A 21st-century novel in 19th-century drag,” compares Hannah to John Barth, and claims that The Good Thief is “one of the freshest, most beguiling narratives this side of Oliver Twist.”

So break out the sunblock, the sunglasses, the large-rimmed hats, and try to save room for some fiction in your beach bag this summer!

2 thoughts on “Olive Kitteridge & The Good Thief=Oprah’s “Tantalizing Beach Reads”

  1. The Good Thief also makes for fine reading in the dead of winter, on that long road trip to get to the beach because the Jersey Shore traffic is DEATH, while you watch Oprah, like if it were chosen for the book club *cough cough*, in a graveyard during the witching hour, in a box with a fox. Really, just about anywhere. The possibilities are endless, and yet undaunting.

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