- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus Books (12 Mar. 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0861887174
- ISBN-13: 978-0861887170
- Package Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,261,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine Hardcover – 12 Mar 1988
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"Brilliant . . . [The Vietnam era is] vividly captured by Ann Hood in this accomplished novel."—"The New York Times Book Review" "Provocative . . . An intriguing work."—"Publishers Weekly" "Memorably stirring and authentic."—"The Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Accomplished and emotionally affecting."—"The Chicago Tribune" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ann Hood is the author of works of fiction including the bestseller The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer, as well as a memoir, Comfort. She is also the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. The winner of two Pushcart prizes as well as Best American Food Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing awards, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.