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little character growth which may be accurate to real life but frankly makes character growth which may be accurate to real life but frankly makes a frustrating novel I ept wanting these women to conn I felt like I read a different bookstory than the one the jacket made me believe I was going to get I didn t like many of the characters AT ALL I don t even understand how these people got together every year at the cottage when they seemingly hated one another for so long I don t nowtoo much to get into and I m a very lazy reviewer but while I don t feel like every character I come to now should be happy all the time I come to Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life know should be happy all the time can t stand reading about the most miserable people on the planet and that s what most of these people felt like to me The matriarch was a hateful bitch and I didn t feel one ounce of sympathy toward her when her secret was revealed She was horrible from youth to adulthood why would I feel bad for her at Blah Inow these ladies I m a Masshole with a big multi class Irish Catholic family that spent at least a week every summer up in Wells I m related to these charactersExcept for I m not because even the Alice in my life is infinitely complex than this So is the Ann Marie And they have hearts These characters are BLOODLESS it s infuriating They eep showing up for their 400 pages never straying from their caricature base never doing much of anything Digging deep I guess I could muster up some positive things to say about the presentation of the generational differences between these women and their concepts of their motherhood but it s all drowned out by too much blah blah blah One thing that drove me particularly insane The aftermath of the house reveal and how the son was like Oh well she s got a will lawyer says there s n Absolutely loved this book I thoroughly enjoyed Commencement and Sullivan did not disappoint with her latest novel Maine I truly loved the characters in this book and felt invested in them and enjoyed the story telling aspects that took us into the earlier part of the 20th century I read it on my Kindle where I have the opportunity to highlight passages or phrases that move me and found myself doing it freuently with this book mostly in relation to personal experiences I found myself nodding along with the characters at several points which usually leads me to label something a good read I was also able to find myself in each character at least in some small way which is a credit to Sullivan s immense writing talentI read this book in a day during the busiest time of year in my job because it was that good and I couldn t put it down Now I will just have to wait until Sullivan writes another See below I finished the book There was no good news The characters were all thin 1 dimensional angrybitter or victims with NO redeeming ualities and few redeeming ac. Dita alla chiesa ma anche ai suoi Martini cocktail che sorseggia di fronte al mare mentre fuma troppe sigarette Ma uest'anno è diverso Alice lo sa Non può più aspettare Non può più ignorare una notte di tanti anni fa Una notte che non ha mai raccontato a nessuno un segreto che le tormenta l'anima e che potrebbe tramutare un vento troppo forte in tempesta distruggendo tutto forse anche l'istinto irrazionale che spinge le donne Kelleher a tornare ogni anno nel Maine.
J. Courtney Sullivan Ü 4 ReadEr for this one The cover pulled me in a woman on a beach green sky surrounding her It promised a fun literary beach read and unfortunately for me it didn t really deliverThree generations of BostonIrish woman and another daughter in law meet at the family s beach cottage and two million dollar main house in Maine The narrative is told from the four women s points of view which was a lot to overcome since only one and a half of the women were interesting The third Maggie was stupid the fourth Kathleen a bitch The writing was fine but the two stars isn t about the writing The book is 85 percent backstory
Literally And only matriarch Alice s backstory was interesting woven the mysteryAnd only matriarch s backstory was interesting woven in the mystery her popular older sister s death I didn t mind Ann Marie so much her life of people pleasing and grasping for joy felt real But the rest of the pages were nothing but frivolity and petty insignificant half drama Nothing happened It took until page 200 for anyone besides Alice to even show up at the cottage The so called insights were too slight and too few and far between to warrant the huge and sprawling backstories Tough to wade through all that when the characters are unappealinguninteresting I had to stop about 30% into the book I m reading it on a Kindle and it doesn t show page numbers but percentage because well it s just not very good writing The author makes such a crucial mistake in writing which is she fails to SHOW what s happening and instead TELLS you what s happening Therefore NOTHING HAS BEEN HAPPENING All I ve been reading is the back story of the first two characters Alice and Kathleen Don t tell me Alice is a self conscious judgmental unsupportive mother Show me her carefully getting ready in the morning going for a walk weighing herself let me read a conversation she is currently having with one of her children where she judges them I don t need the author to explain every single thought going through a character s head and the clear cut reason for their actions Part of the joy of reading is that I get to figure that out for myself Be subtle sometimes I always try to improve my own writing and this book was a good example of how telling and not showing ruins the entire story Note to Good Reads I hate that you don t have half stars Two stars seems a bit too critical but three stars feels too much to award this book It s finely written and I loved the construct of offering differing points of view from three generations of women in one family The author balances
this juxtaposition well effortlessly switching from one character s voice to another And the great success of the book forjuxtaposition well effortlessly switching from one character s voice to another And the great success of the book for is that the author illustrates so well how no one can really ever now another nor fully understand them Unfortunately I think she was a little too good at it bc ultimately none of these characters really al. Tto di silenzi incomprensioni e invidie Tornare è solo un dovere per Kathleen la pecora nera della famiglia che più di tutti teme il confronto con la madre Alice il suo sguardo giudicante le sue accuse velate Per Maggie la figlia trentenne di Kathleen il cottage è invece solo una fuga temporanea per non dover ammettere forse nemmeno a sé stessa di essere incinta Ad aspettarle lì immutabile come sempre nonna Alice una donna dura fatta di opposti e contraddizioni de. I had an odd reaction to this book I have so many criticisms and yet I found it surprisingly engaging in spite of its flaws I wouldn t uite give it three stars it was way too flawed for th Families are the places we share the most happy times and the most miserable times the greatest joys and the most pain places where people lift us up to become our best selves and tear us down to our worst Maine is a book about familiesThere is wisdom about families in this book Here s a little about having a child No one had told Kathleen about the dark parts of motherhood You gave birth and people brought over the sweetest little shoes and pale pink swaddling blankets But then you were alone your body trying to heal itself while your mind went numb There was a mix of joy and the purest love coupled with real boredom and occasional rage It got easier as the 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate kids got older but it never got easy We who have raised childrennow the truth of this Powerful And then there is this thoughtful look at why families aren t always helpful But maybe your family could never give you the perfect response the indest reply Maybe their vision of you was too tied up in their hopes and fears for them to ever see you as just you Best of all I loved these thoughts on marriage You all seem to think that you should marry someone when you feel this intense emotion which you call love And then you expect that the love will fade over time as life gets harder When what you should do is find yourself a nice enough fellow and let real love develop over years and births and deaths and so on Very moving saga full of secrets and lies and cruelties and most of all the love that combine to make
a family The cover of this book is misleading I think s upsetting a lot of readers and that sfamily cover of this book is misleading I think that s upsetting a lot of readers and that s fair While the book IS set mainly on a beach in Maine there s not too much that s lighthearted about this novel But then what are you going to show 4 women angrily glaring at each other On the other hand this book is exactly the ind of beach read that I do like Good drama easy to get wrapped up in and a moving story Three generations of women share the chapters in this book and the moment that I became impressed with this novel was the moment that I realized I had sympathy for each woman As readers we naturally want to draw ourselves to a character to experience the world of the story What was great about this was that at times I found myself lining up with each character even the awful ones That s a hell of a hat trick Very good writingAnd I don t now It s just interesting to think of the moments where you leave your family behind to move away from what ails you about them And if you can come back to it but still let it go A great book And actually a nice beach read too Two stars means it was okay and that s all the enthusiam I can must. Il cottage di pietra e legno si erge solitario su una spiaggia sabbiosa incuneata nella costiera rocciosa del Maine È giugno l'oceano scintilla sotto il sole e come ogni anno le donne della famiglia Kelleher si riuniscono a Cape Neddick per le vacanze Ora che la vita le ha divise uesto luogo un po' magico è l'unica cosa che le unisce Perché nessuna di loro ha voglia di vedere le altre Eppure non si può mancare Le Kelleher portano sulle spalle un bagaglio pesante fa.