Everybody's asking for Olive Kitteridge lately and the library's got 14 copies of the book - 6 hardcover, 6 paperback, and 2 large print. Good luck getting your hands on one - it would seem every book group in Wellesley is reading this title!
I say try another book by Elizabeth Strout while you're on the waiting list for Olive Kitteridge. Abide With Me takes place in Northern New England in the 1950s. The new minister in town, Tyler Caskey has just lost his wife. His calling as a minister and his responsibilities as a father are shaken by this profound loss. The book covers a lot: romantic love, religious belief, community. A realistic portrait of grief and its aftermath.