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Ms. Strout, as someone who greatly admires the book Olive Kitteridge and the extremely nuanced, multi-faceted, open-ended portrayal of the title character, I was floored when I saw that you had allowed "Olive" to appear as a rather bathetically comical, superficially-portrayed interloper in the real-life interview that was included in the back of a paperback version of your book. I was mystified by this choice, which I felt sold Olive "down river," rendering her "flat as the prairie," to quote two American novelists in whose footsteps I'm nevertheless still tempted to say you may yet follow! Signed, KB, hopelessly admiring of the work despite my complaint
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