Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Posted by Jenny Arch on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 2:00pm

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Despite the cover, Maine is not a light beach read; it’s a multigenerational story featuring four complex (and not always likable) female characters. There’s Alice, the grandmother who feels responsible for her sister’s death decades earlier; Kathleen, Alice’s daughter, who broke with the whole family and moved to California; Maggie, Kathleen’s daughter, a semi-successful writer in Brooklyn who has just discovered she’s pregnant; and finally the “perfect” Ann Marie, Alice’s daughter-in-law, underappreciated by most and outright resented by some. They are truly “four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but the fact that, like it or not, they’re family.” The author writes from each character’s perspective with incredible insight and depth of feeling; this is truly a character-driven story that explores the nature of familiar bonds. Recommended for those who enjoyed Faith by Jennifer Haigh or The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass.