Discuss our recent read: Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

  • July 20, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Hi all,

Our next book is Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (a blurb is below).

Thought it would be a nice book to read in the hot summer.

Sorry that the meeting is a bit longer than a month away - vacations and other weekend obligations happening.

Looking forward to seeing you all!


Here's a blurb:

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. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface. 

As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, 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.

By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.

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  • Beth W.

    I'm so sorry I missed another meeting - I was on a cruise! What is the next book and when is the next meeting? I can't seem to find it.....
    Looking forward to seeing everyone next month (I hope).

    July 21

  • Susan T

    An unexpected personal commitment has come up.

    July 20

  • Pam

    I am so sorry but I have to cancel - my niece called at the last minute and needs my help tomorrow. I read the book - really enjoyed it. I'm Genuinely disappointed since I've had to miss the last two meetings (and in both instances I read the book and really looked forward to discussing it!). Hopefully I'll be able to make it next month.

    July 19

  • Tiffany

    HI! I'm looking forward to joining in :) Is there anything I should know or bring for the discussion?

    July 7

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