Olive Kitteridge is an amazing short story cycle that fully deserved it's pulitzer a few years ago. The titular character is a retired school teacher with a raft of issues, but the fascinating thing about the way the story is told is how slowly she unfolds. Olive appears as a peripheral character in the early stories, and bit by bit she becomes more central. The themes of family and loss spun throughout the stories really culminate in the final pieces that take a clear eyed look at a life full of mistakes. Good for a rainy day if you're a fan of wallowing in epiphany, like me. ~Caroline.