I not a huge fan of long book reviews that give too much away. I like a short, sweet, to-the-point review that gives me some insight into the plot. So, that said, any book reviews I post here will be short and sweet. Oh, and I set a goal on GoodReads to read 75 books this year so get ready!
Onto the book!
Like her first novel (Commencement), Maine follows the lives of four female characters. But instead of best friends, they are family. Alice, the matriarch of the Kelleher family, spends her summer’s at the family home in Maine. Summers at the house used to mean the whole family was together. Now, the Kelleher children follow a strict schedule and take turns visiting the house and their mother.
But this summer, possibly their last in Maine, Kathleen (Alice’s daughter) Maggie (Alice’s granddaughter) and Ann Marie (Alice’s daughter-in-law) find themselves together at the summer house. Each chapter is told through the voice of a different woman. They tell the story of the summer but also the story of their lives. Family drama, tragedies, and struggles have played a huge role in their lives and made them who they are.
What I loved most about the book was reading one chapter and forming opinions of the other characters, just to get to the next chapter and learn the other side of the story. Changing everything I thought about them.
Sound intriguing? Definitely pick it up!
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