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