Somewhere off the Coast of Maine

Somewhere off the Coast of Maine

by Ann Hood


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1969: As Peter, Paul and Mary croon on the radio and poster paint splashes the latest anti-war slogans, Suzanne lives in a Maine beach house with a poet, pregnant with their love child, Sparrow. Claudia, during college, marries a farmer and raises three strong sons. And Elizabeth and Howard, very much in love, organize protest marches, marry, and try to bring up two children with earthly, hippie values. 1985: The songs, the colors, the times have changed. Suzanne has an M.B.A. and a briefcase; she insists on calling Sparrow 'Susan' and pretends that 1969 never existed. Claudia inches toward madness following personal tragedy, sliding ever backward to her magical 60s world. And Elizabeth, fatally ill, watches despairingly as her children yearn for a split-level house and a gleaning station wagon. In her beloved and critically acclaimed first novel, Ann Hood's clear, penetrating voice captures the spirit of three friends struggling to resolve their lives in a complicated time warp called lost youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594795032
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through
Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Somewhere off the Coast of Maine 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this when it was first published--and found it compelling. Sure, some first novel sins, but the characters have stayed with me for years! I've read all of Ann Hood's books, and this is the one I love best
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to this on Books on Tape. It was enjoyable to listen to while driving. It is the kind of book one could read at an airport and still not miss what is going on all around. I am not sure that I would have found it a book to just sit and read because it did not have a particularly intriguing plot that left me aching to get back to it. It was a book of many events but not a lot of depth. Yet, it would be a good read when sitting on the beach this coming suumer. One attractive feature of the book was that everything was not tied up into neat little packages at the end.
sleahey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three friends, three very different stories that merge first in the late sixties, and then later in the 80's. From carefree college days to parenthood and earning a living, the three women have gone in different directions, shaped by decisions and tragedies. Our most interesting view of them is finally through the eyes of their children, all of whom have been influenced by the same forces of the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished the book, hoping the end would justify the read. I’m sorry to say it was time wasted.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the Knitting Circle, I found old copies of several other books by Ann Hood. I lost myself in the Knitting Circle - something that did not happen with this book. The characters were shallow and unlikable the book felt like it didn't know where if was going or what its point was.