Author: Emma Gannon
Pages: 410 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
OLIVE is many things.
Knows her own mind.
It’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.
Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.
I have been there. I have been on the receiving end of the “Oh, you’ll change your mind one day.” conversation. Well I’m 38 and I have been feeling this way since I was about 6 and rejected playing with dolls for reading books. It’s not that I don’t like children. I am a boss aunty. I just don’t want one of my own. And it is this subject that is the topic of Emma Gannon’s debut novel Olive.
Olive and her three best friends do everything together however their friendship is challenged when their lives careen off in different ways. When the issues of motherhood come up it further drives a wedge in the friendship as both sides fail to fully understand how the other side is feeling.
What is genuinely lovely about this book – besides feeling like I have found my tribe in book form – is that these characters fight so hard for each other. Their lives are not the same as when they were young, foot loose and fancy free but their love for each other is something that they refuse to give up on.
I loved this book and at the moment Olive is my hero.
Olive by Emma Gannon is available now.
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