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Come gocce di sale e di vento See below I finished the book There was no good news The characters were all thin, 1 dimensional angry bitter or victims with NO redeeming qualities and few redeeming actions which were performed grudgingly at best The male characters were simply parsley on the plate used ONLY to showcase the womenthe entire preimise of the book apparently was life s a bitch and then you die I am in the middle of this bookI have only gotten this far becauseI continue to believe, that with a b See below I finished the book There was no good news The characters were all thin, 1 dimensional angry bitter or victims with NO redeeming qualities and few redeeming actions which were performed grudgingly at best The male characters were simply parsley on the plate used ONLY to showcase the womenthe entire preimise of the book apparently was life s a bitch and then you die I am in the middle of this bookI have only gotten this far becauseI continue to believe, that with a barn full of sh t there MUST be a pony in there SOMEWHERE, and SOMEONE actually PUBLISHED this book I want to meet the author I want to ask her WHY she is so angry who hurt her this badly that ALL of her characters Alice, her 2 daughters and her 1 daughter in law, and then the grandchildren all adults are SOOOOOOOOOO angry, dysfunctional, victims whiney, neurotic and generally completely unlikeable Even the healthiest of her daughters the one she hated the most has her own issues but she is the most palatableAlice, the primary protagonist, takes great pleasure at the cruelties she inflicted onto her children Frighteningly, I don t get the impression that the author means for these to horrifyI am nearly 1 2 way through the book so far, her son, and the husbands of her daughters have been mentioned ONLY in the mildest of passing the author killed off Alice s husband, Daniel who seemed to be a genuinely decent man and loving father early on This book MAY have some redeeming value somewhere along the way, and maybe at the end so far, I wouldn t have lunch with any of these characters except for Daniel who had the good sense to die let alone befriend them Who knows maybe something mystical and magical will occur and they will all get redeeming personalities and lives This book is now overdue at the library I tried to renew it, but there is a hold on it I laughed out loud Sadly, the library s online system doesn t have a place to put patron waiting for this book doesn t know when she s well off Tell her to be grateful I am a book hog and move on 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 frequently with this book mostly in relation to personal experiences I found mys 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 frequently 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 talent.I 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. I felt like I read a different book story 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 know..too much to get into and I m a very lazy reviewer, but while I don t feel like every character I come to know should be happy all the time, I can t stand reading about the most miserable people on the planet I felt like I read a different book story 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 know..too much to get into and I m a very lazy reviewer, but while I don t feel like every character I come to know should be happy all the time, I 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 all I got the feeling that as readers we were supposed to feel bad for her but maybe I m wrong The secret she carried was from young adulthood so it s not like I could even feel like, Ohhh, now I see why she s so miserable, poor thing , since she revealed herself to be a pretty shitty person even as a child teenager.The writing itself was not bad, I just wish I could have cared about these people and their lives and outcomesThat is to say, at all I think Maggie was the only one I actually cared about.edit I think it s Kathleen that I liked, not Maggie I liked the black sheep , that s all I remember now Reading the stock description of this book makes me think I meant to say Kathleen, not Maggie in my review Maggie, from what I recall, was fairly spineless but it s been so long since I read this that I can t recall strongly liking or disliking her I don t care for spineless women, though, in general Kathleen was the black sheep because she was the only one who stood up for herself, though she was a bit of a bitch Ann Marie was okay but came off rather foolishly and we all know what I think about Alice already she s the matriarch The cover of this book is misleading I think that s upsetting a lot of readers, and that s probably 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 kind 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 The cover of this book is misleading I think that s upsetting a lot of readers, and that s probably 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 kind 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 writing.And, I don t know 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Blah I know 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 characters.Except for I m not, because even the Alice in my life is infinitelycomplex than this So is the Ann Marie And they have hearts These characters are BLOODLESS, it s infuriating They keep showing up for their 400 pages, never straying from their caricature base, never doing much of anything Digging deep, I guess I cou Blah I know 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 characters.Except for I m not, because even the Alice in my life is infinitelycomplex than this So is the Ann Marie And they have hearts These characters are BLOODLESS, it s infuriating They keep 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 nothing we can do BULLLLLLLLLLSH T lazy plot device, what family wouldn t start tearing each other apart for a 2 million spread I guess the story could have become too interesting if the author went there And why was there a middle sister who lived in JP Why did she even exist, other than to add to Alice s brood to justify her misery To throw another gay grandchild in the mix To get somemuddied Catholicism shout out points So many extraneous characters that were useless So many And yet nothing really happens BLAH 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, for me, is that the author illustrates so well how no one can really ever know an 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, for me, is that the author illustrates so well how no one can really ever know another, nor fully understand them Unfortunately, I think she was a little too good at it b c ultimately, none of these characters really alter their views of each other in any meaningful way There s very little character growth, which may be accurate to real life, but frankly makes for a frustrating novel I kept wanting these women to connect, even just the littlest bit But we have to waitthan half the book before they are even at the same place at the same time I thought surely, once that transpired, that something would actually happenbut nothing does, really The same old patterns are fallen into, and the same old judgments prevail The book is well written with richly drawn characters that aren t particularly likeable, yet are each fascinating in their own wayand I found that interesting and readable, but also ultimately unsatisfying I wish the author could have allowed at least some of the characters to connect a littlethan they do I think it would have made for a richer book, without sacrificing the main theme My two cents Il cottage di pietra e legno si erge solitario su una spiaggia sabbiosa incuneata nella costiera rocciosa del Maine 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, questo luogo un po magico l unica cosa che le unisce Perch nessuna di loro ha voglia di vedere le altre Eppure non si pu mancare Le Kelleher portano sulle spalle un bagaglio pesante, fatto di silenzi, incomprensioni e invidie Tornare solo un dovere per Kathleen, la pecora nera della famiglia, che pi 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 invece solo una fuga temporanea, per non dover ammettere, forse nemmeno a s stessa, di essere incinta Ad aspettarle l , immutabile come sempre, nonna Alice, una donna dura fatta di opposti e contraddizioni, dedita alla chiesa, ma anche ai suoi Martini cocktail, che sorseggia di fronte al mare mentre fuma troppe sigarette Ma quest anno diverso, Alice lo sa Non pu pi aspettare Non pu pi 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 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 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 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 quite give it three stars it was way too flawed for that but it s actually a high two, as opposed to a low two This is one of those chick lit family dramas, three generations of women in one dysfunctional family, multiple viewpoints, blah blah blah I can t remember the last time I read a book like this and thought it was well done they re usually in t 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 quite give it three stars it was way too flawed for that but it s actually a high two, as opposed to a low two This is one of those chick lit family dramas, three generations of women in one dysfunctional family, multiple viewpoints, blah blah blah I can t remember the last time I read a book like this and thought it was well done they re usually in the three star range for me at best So there s the matriarch, crusty 80 year old Alice Kelleher, a pretty unsympathetic character although her daughter Kathleen is worse what a nasty, self righteous jerk Kathleen picks terribly on her sister in law Anne Marie, who has spent decades being the perfect Stepford wife and is slowly unraveling And then there s Kathleen s daughter, Maggie, who is really too stupid to live Everyone has some kind of a time bomb brewing, and of course the four women will eventually come together and discover each other s time bombs in one big family mess Alice s is that she has willed her summer home to the church, not to her kids Anne Marie s is that she has a secret crush on her neighbor s husband even as she strives to maintain the facade of her perfect marriage and family I m not sure what Kathleen s is, but in any case she comes into the picture because of Maggie s crisis Maggie s crisis is probably the most dramatic she is single and secretly pregnant, having taken a chance because she was blindly in love with her boyfriend Said boyfriend s jerkiness is incredibly obvious to just about everyone but Maggie really, J Courtney Sullivan should have given him a few redeeming features other than Maggie s lust for him it would have made the story farbelievable, not to mention interesting , who is willing to risk the pregnancy because she s sure things will work out with this guy Sigh.Anyway, the book is incredibly slow Very heavy on detailed backstory without a whole lot happening in the present for most of the book The characters, as mentioned, are unsympathetic and not very three dimensional, for all of the author s attempts at fleshing them out by keeping the reader in backstory hell instead of moving the plot along Anne Marie was probably the most believable character but even she often felt like the author was trying too hard to depict her as a trope the increasingly resentful Stepford wife who needs to make everything look perfect in order to feel in control as opposed to making her a complicated person So why did I keep listening, especially when for once I had other tempting audiobooks to choose from Well, as my sister noted, there was a weird voyeuristic appeal to feeling like I was eavesdropping on someone else s family dysfunction The gossip, the griping, the secret and not so secret resentments, the miscommunications, etc most of the book wasn t particularly dramatic but it still resembled the experience of watching a soap opera in that sense, where you get caught up in other people s issues so you can briefly forget your own Also, the audiobook reader was actually quite good very expressive and authentic sounding in the voices of the various characters While I can t say I ll miss this book now that I ve finally finished it, it did kind of keep me company on my commute and distract me from my own stuff I can t give it an enthusiastic recommendation, but it was okay, which I guess is what the two star rating is meant to indicate 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 families.There 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 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 families.There 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 kids got older, but it never got easy We who have raised children know 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 kindest 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


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