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A delicate jewel that you will keep enjoying,
This review is from: The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories (Paperback)
This collection of short stories was written at the end of the nineteenth century. There is nothing dramatic about the stories; in fact, very little happens. The author simply describes a summer spent in a small fishing community in Maine. A family reunion, a fishing trip or a visit to an outlying island are the main events. The extraordinary nature of this book lies in the delicacy and the kindness with which Mrs Jewett describes her characters. Each one of them has a story, a dramatic past or a hidden strength: we meet a shy fisherman who is secretly engaged or hear the story of a heartbroken young woman who went to live on an uninhabited island. Some portraits are sad, some are happy, but overall there is an atmosphere of inner peace and acceptance of one's fate. Ever since I have discovered this jewel a few years ago, I keep returning to it regularly to read a few pages, wherever the book happens to fall open. It never disappoints me.