A Novel

eBook - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307596819
Characteristics: 1 online resource (388 p.)
Additional Contributors: Advantage OverDrive


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Aug 04, 2015

Avoided this book for so long because of the cover - really glad I finally read it, as it's much more of a family story about relationships and connections than that cover art would lead you to believe. A perfect summer read about personal history and identity through the lens of a family's struggles.

carolinevig5 Mar 30, 2015

I loved Sullivan's novel Commencement, but this didn't do much for me. Sullivan is great at character development, and I felt very involved in the characters' decisions, but they were so selfish and mean that I got annoyed by all of them, especially the matriarch, Alice. On a silly note, 'Maine' is not the most apt title. Yes ,the beach house is in Maine, but there is ZERO sense of place. It could have been anywhere USA as far as I'm concerned.

Jul 02, 2013

A great beach read, nice character study. Don't pick this one up if you're looking for action, but the character development and setting are great.

mmg2681 Jun 30, 2013

I enjoyed this book from each woman's perspective; however, there were way too many characters in this book. Between the matriarch and her family (brothers, sister, parents) and then her three kids and their families, it was difficult in the beginning to know who was who. By the end, I think I got them all down, and it turned out to be an OK book. I want to know...what happens next? (Isnt that the case with so many books?)

May 14, 2013

I did not meet one person in this book that I liked. Usually there is one. They are all narcissistic whiners. All are so self-centered it is a hard book to like.

Pollywantabook Feb 15, 2012

Very well written book, love to explore the lives of the women and their interaction with each other and the circumstances in which they have been placed. Having been to Maine, I can picture the surroundings, and the particular lifestyle of that area. GOOD READ !!

BrigidScott Jan 17, 2012

Surprisingly good.

kestober Dec 22, 2011

There were too many internal monologues for my taste - background character information that would have been better left in the author's research notebook. Could have been more.

tupelo Dec 20, 2011

Enjoyable book. Not your average "beach read" about families at their summer homes

annelibnyc Oct 13, 2011

Maine is not always a place in this book but a representation of what the family, in the story, aspires to. A dysfunctional Irish-Catholic family has a summer cottage, a property the patriarch won in a card game. the matriarch, Alice, now in her 80s, is a selfish, stuck-in-her-ways, old woman who has no appreciation for her extended family and clearly her family feels the same way about her. For pretty much all of them, the only thing in the family they really love is the their beach house in Maine which represents status, freedom and escape. The story of the family and it's dysfunction is told through several generations of the family including: Alice, her daughter Kathleen, her daughter-in-law Ann Marie and her granddaughter Maggie. This is not a literary tour de force but there is sense of tragedy, angst and real family tension that leaves the reader more than little uncomfortable in spots. I kept thinking of similar people in my own family. in the end, i liked this book but I didn't love it. I would think it would make a good book club selection - if only because at the end I know that, like me, you will be wanting to discuss the book with somebody!

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