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Maine (Vintage Contemporaries)
by J. Courtney Sullivan

Published: 2012-05-29
Paperback : 528 pages
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This breakout New York Times bestseller from the celebrated author of Commencement and The Engagements, introduces four unforgettable women and the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.
 
For the Kellehers, Maine is a place ...
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This breakout New York Times bestseller from the celebrated author of Commencement and The Engagements, introduces four unforgettable women and the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.
 
For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. As three generations of Kelleher women arrive at the family's beach house, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 06/09/17

4 women, 3 generations and lots of dysfunction all set on the coast of Maine- This book had so much potential but it just seemed to take an above ground look at the lives of the women in the family and... (read more)

 
  "Maine, by J.Courtney Sullivan"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 04/01/13

“Maine”, by J.Courtney Sullivan, is largely the story of Alice Kelleher, a very direct, headstrong and outspoken matriarch, and three generations of her family who seem to become weaker ... (read more)

 
  "Maine"by kmrmap (see profile) 09/21/12

Interesting summer read. One of the more thoroughly discussed books by our group, but no one will read it a second time. Characters not particularly likeable but we could identify with all of them.... (read more)

 
  "boring story of women no one likes...."by GardenBunny (see profile) 05/03/12

 
  "Maine"by ksrbyron (see profile) 08/17/11

Interesting, but would not read again. Just "okay".

 
  "Maine"by vanasse (see profile) 08/12/11

A good summer read. Not all members had read it so there was not a lot of disucssion. It was fun for me because the location in Maine is where we stay every summer.

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