Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan


The story centers around three generations of women, who gather at various times during the summer, at the family beach house in Maine.  The matriarch, Alice, has conflict-ridden relationships with all her children and a secret from her past that she is determined to set right.

I’m glad I didn’t choose this book as my around the USA selection for Maine.  There is zero sense of place in the book.  No descriptions whatsoever.  Nearly the entire novel is dialogue, or a narrator filling in a character’s past story.  Rather than being invited to get to know this family, it felt more like I was eavesdropping on some juicy gossip.  And quite frankly, I wouldn’t want to get to know this family.  None of them were particularly likeable, and neither was this book.

1 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2011
530 pages


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I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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