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Praise for Little Island

“A story about the power of redemption and self-fulfillment. Ms. Britton understands everything there is to understand about the Maine coast, from the way fog 'both muffles and amplifies sound' to the fishing techniques of ospreys. Best of all, she understands how, through love, the human heart can overcome just about anything.”—Howard Frank Mosher

“Such luscious writing I wanted to slow down to savor it…The complicated, flawed, generous Little family reminded me of my own, and how, in the midst of the risks and raptures and currents of life, we save one another.”—Nancy Thayer, author of Island Girls

"A beautifully written and deeply thoughtful family story, enriched by Britton's acutely rendered details of a beloved natural landscape and her wise understanding of complex human hearts. The tale is touched with heartbreak but leavened with humor, and is captivating from first page to last."—Reeve Lindbergh, author of Under a Wing and Forward from Here: Leaving Middle Ageand Other Unexpected Adventures

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“The quintessential summer holiday book.”—Sally Ryder Brady, author of A Box of Darkness

“A deeply satisfying read.”—Ernest Hebert, author of The Old American and Never Back Down

“Evocative, compelling, and exquisitely written.”—Joni B. Cole, coeditor of Water Cooler Diaries

“Both evocative and precise...A story of loss, grievance, and the permutations of time, rendered with disarming honesty.”—Catherine Tudish, author of Tenney’s Landing and American Cream 

"A touching, intricate account of painful memories that radically shapes lives."—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Katharine Britton teaches at the Institute of Lifelong Education at Dartmouth College, the Writer’s Barn in Shelburne and the Writer’s Center in White River, Vermont.  She has written three screenplays, one of which is a Moondance International Film Festival winner, and has a master’s degree in creative writing from Dartmouth College.  She is the author of one previous novel, Her Sister’s Shadow, and lives in Vermont. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425266354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425266359
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little Island

Katharine Britton

LITTLE ISLAND is the story of the Little family.  They own an inn in Maine and the family's getting together for their grandmother's  memorial service.  Grace was very very close to her mother and wonders if she will be able to give her mother the memorial service she deserves. Graces's children Joy, Tamar and Tamar's twin Roger will all be coming. 

  The Littles lives were changed twenty years ago when the twins were involved in a car accident that killed a family friend.  This family is so dysfunctional and has so many secrets.  As the story goes on, you learn some of them and how they have effected everyone! I loved LITTLE ISLAND and once I got into it and gave it the time it deserved I couldn't stop turning the pages.  This story has it all, love, jealousy, hate, lots of secrets and wonderful characters.
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I reviewed this book at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley.

Shel: I really enjoyed this novel. It's not full of fireworks or smut or crazy angst; instead it's full of tiny little revelations. Revelations that many of us can take to heart.

Court: Right? I really like these stories that are a chronicle of a dysfunctional family, because who doesn't relate to that. We also discussed the melancholy feeling that was a major undertone from the beginning, and I was glad that this was not a deterrent to how much I enjoyed the story.
Shel: The story encompasses the story of the Littles and how one tragic accident emotionally stunted the siblings and damaged trust with their parents.It's also the story of the matriarch and her struggles to come to terms with the life and death of her mother on the weekend of her memorial service.

Court: At first it was hard to get to know these people. The girls were in seeming competition for their brother and parent's attention, with Joy usually on the losing end. I loved the aspect of all of the twins in the family. Each generation had a set, and it seemed like a major theme in how we relate to one another. The twin relationship had a profound effect on Tamar and every choice she ever made so it is interesting to think about!
Shel: Our two main narrators, Joy and Grace, tell us most of the story but Tamar and Roger and Gar pop in to give us their POV's too. Joy is struggling with her newly empty nest, Tamar is coping with a failing marriage, Roger is trying to overcome decades of being blamed for the accident, and Grace and Gar are learning how to live the last parts of their lives. It's told in a series of flashbacks and present tense to help us understand how we got to where we are on this particular weekend.
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Joy, Tamar and Roger, as well as other family and friends, arrive at the inn on Little Island, Maine for a memorial service for their late grandmother, who left very specific instructions for their part in the service, "Grace. Flowers. By the water. Have fun!" Their mother, Grace, and father, Gar know that this seems like an impossible series of requests, in fact nothing short of a miracle. For this family are all bearing a terrible grief over an accident that took one of their own years ago. Roger has his own added grief to add to the stockpile. But they aren't morose characters at all; in fact they are like sparks of electricity that flash on each other. Grace wonders whether it will all implode or explode over this family gathering! Her efforts are noble and delicate throughout the entire family journey from the past to the present.
Joy's son has just gone off to college and she's got a hefty case of "empty nest syndrome" that brings her back to a very unstable part of her life. She wonders if she will revert to those behaviors or if she can find herself and a future. Tamar is a professional working woman whose husband is really the parent in control of raising their gorgeous, bubbly, imaginative twin daughters. Rather than being grateful, Tamar is riddled with guilt over her lack of maternal instinct and skills in caring for her lovely children. Roger's got lots of spunk and one never knows what he will dream up next. But he's unreliable and a former addict. Grace and Joy wonder if the clan being together will free him from his addictions or draw him deeper, especially since they find out that a long lost love of his is now divorced and free again.
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The members of the Little family are dreading the weekend that brings them all together without spouses or outside influences to alter the family dynamics. Twenty years ago, the family is nearly combusted by an awful accident that continues to impact their lives and their relationships. During their reunion they are all laid bare and secrets emerge like one, two punches that will leave the reader breathless and wanting more.
A study in family, love, hate, jealousy and all the emotions that play a real part in family interactions.

When I normally read a book I never envision a movie as I almost always prefer the book to the movie. While reading LITTLE ISLAND I kept envisioning scenes from the movie playing in my head. Perhaps it was the author's evocative descriptions of Little Island which had me wishing I was there or her detailed character study which made me want to visit Little Island in the company of the Littles. I wanted to explore the island, sit in an Adirondack chair and read but mostly I just wanted to breathe the salted air and watch the boats.

This book resonates with Motherhood, Joan, Grace, Joy and Tamar, all trying to tackle the job of motherhood, all in different ways, all failing and succeeding along the way. If you have ever been responsible for a child you will find yourself in one of these women, in all of these woman. I loved all of these women including Tamar who at many times was quite unloveable.

Once I picked this book up I could not put it down. I wanted to spend my weekend with the Little family. Roger and Joy were very relatable to me and I know I will think of them for weeks to come, though I also was amused by Grace trying to treat her adult children as adults, I mean do we really still reprimand a 40 year old?
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