A Novel

Book - 2011
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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, Vintage Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780307595126
Call Number: SULLIVAN, J


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Join this complex family as generations of women come to reconcile with life's complications and heartaches on coastal Maine.

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JCLHeatherM Jun 21, 2020

Three generations of an Irish American family gather at the family beach house, unleashing past resentments, new hopes, and the promise for a brighter future.

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

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