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Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine: A Novel Paperback – May 17, 2008
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“Accomplished and emotionally affecting.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Deals with the intricacies of infidelity, cancer, insanity, marriage, growing old, accepting death, and just plain accepting yourself.” (Elizabeth Wurtzel - Seventeen)
“Not just another 1960's novel... it is the story of life, of living, and of three unforgettable women as they struggle to find their way from one era to another.” (Judy Isenhour - Salisbury Post (N.C.))
“A lovely novel... Hood creates characters so arresting one wishes each of them were principals of longer novels.” (Peggy Constantine - Chicago Sun-Times)
“Provocative... an intriguing work.” (Publishers Weekly)
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"Brilliant." --THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Memorably stirring and authentic." --LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Accomplished and emotionally affecting." --CHICAGO TRIBUNE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Claudia, Elizabeth and Suzanne were friends in college during the 1960s. Then one summer, each of them fell in love and got pregnant for the first time. Claudia and Elizabeth remained friends, while Suzanne moved to Boston to raise her daughter Sparrow alone. Claudia and Elizabeth married their respective lovers and raised families on a gorgeous farm ~~ with crabapple trees and daisies on that farm. Suzanne left her lover Abel because she refused to have an abortion ~~ and in turn became a hard, brittle woman whose daughter could never understand. Elizabeth also had a daughter Rebekah ~~ that she tried to understand but it wasn't till she was diagnosed with cancer that she was able to finally reach out to her daughter.
There is a thin story line here ~~ and that alone is disappointing. Ms. Hood could have written more about Elizabeth and Rebekah, Suzanne and Sparrow, and Claudia's inability to let go of her son who drowned. The ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
If you're looking for a quick read and something light, then I would recommend this book. It is well-written, but there isn't enough substance there to hold your imagination like a good author tries to do. It quite doesn't match up to my expectations of what a good book should do. It is sufficient enough if you need something light to read.
I am not particularly good at remembering plots or names, but fragments - the lobsters that a child thinks have been brought home to be pets which are then boiled alive... the child struck dumb by the fear inspired by the bizarre death of his father, and the death itself - remain with me always.
At the time I was reading these, I was also reading Alice Hoffman and Anne Tyler, with whom Hood has similarities. I prefer Ann Hood, of the three.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was not what I expected and I had a hard time getting into it. But it was quite good in parts and somewhat enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by Nancy
but I felt that all the stories woven together were not complete. They all seemed to stop in the middle.Published 6 months ago by AnnaP27
Plot is thin and unimaginative, characters are one dimensional, and there is no overall theme to tie the story and characters together.Published 8 months ago by PhilH
This is the third novel I've read by Ann Hood, but it was her first published. Although not my favorite of the ones I've read by her so far, I still enjoyed it and, at just a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eric K.
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
3 women who grew up in the late 60's their children are now of age in the 80's. Read more