Olive is such a human character and so totally lacking in any 'side'. Trying to describe this book is to have to find a way of making unattractive seeming characters pleasant - and that's tough. I do wonder if having some of the failings so openly described makes it easier to appreciate them. They come and go through Olive's life and she comments and interacts with them in her terribly down to earth, 'no frills' manner. there's no particular story to recount, no action to describe - just life to be lived.