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Maine - J. Courtney Sullivan
Maine
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In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory, introducing four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but... show more
In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory, introducing four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but the fact that, like it or not, they’re family. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface. As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307595126 (0307595129)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 388
Edition language: English
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Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
3.0 Maine
Maine is ultimately a story about family. Told in the rotating point of view of four women over the course of a single summer at the family cottage in Maine, it's an intimate snapshot of life and how the decisions we make affect who we become. There is Alice, the matriarch of the family, haunted by ...
The Book Frog
The Book Frog rated it
3.0 Maine
Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan, is a sprawling novel, set in the present day but going back as far the forties. Although centered around Alice Brennan Kelleher, the 83 year old matriarch of a large Boston Irish family, the novel alternates among the perspectives of Alice, her daughter Kathleen, gran...
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc rated it
5.0 Maine
Maine by Jay Courtney SullivanFamily beach house in Maine where over the years the family membershave assembled. Three generations of females descent upon the houseone summer. Story starts out with how they were first married, and hehad won the land when another couldn't pay their card debt.Alice re...
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
The state of Maine’s license-plate motto is “Vacationland,” and for many New Englanders, its southern coast defines the concept of summer: cottages near small beach towns, long days of family gatherings for barbecues and water play, picnics and the freshest berries and seafood. Three generations of ...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 Maine
“Maine”, by J.Courtney Sullivan, is largely the story of Alice Kelleher, a very direct, headstrong and outspoken matriarch, and three generations of her family who seem to become weaker with each successive generation. She is a devoted Catholic, driven by an almost religious fanaticism to do her dut...
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