Nora and Theresa Flynn are 21 and 17 when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America....
This radiant debut novel from J. Courtney Sullivan examines the deep bonds of friendship and the complex landscape facing today’s young women....
From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage....
Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him....
A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives....
On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove "that the hours of his life belong to himself alone"....
Harper Frost is laid back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable....
For Ernest Young, the chance to go to the World's Fair feels like a gift. But once he's there, the half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off "to a good home"....
Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family....
After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself....
A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th century American history....
When Graham Cavanaugh divorced his first wife it was to marry his girlfriend, Audra, a woman as irrepressible as she is spontaneous and fun. But life with Audra can also be exhausting....
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat....
Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One night at a comics convention, she is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman....
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking....
Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: On the cusp of 30, she has a fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and her father's hard-won admiration....
For the past 30 years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha's lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages....
Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France....
In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory, introducing four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but the fact that, like it or not, they're family.
For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials "A.H." At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.
As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.
By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.
Listening to this, I felt that my own Mother had been plopped into the story and renamed. Ms Sullivan so pulled together several generations of women and respected each era they were from. I often try to do this also so I can understand younger people.
I read her first book and enjoyed it and was not disappointed with her second.
The narrator was not the best I have heard but the story line kept me reading any chance I could grab.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This book sounded like it had so much potential. What a disappointment! The main character is so unlikeable I was hoping she died early in the book (she doesn't). The other characters are stupid and uninteresting. But the worst part of the listen is the narrator. She speaks so slowly it sounds as if she is trying to read to a 2 year old, and the awful "Bwhosston"accent just grates on your nerves. DO NOT waste a credit!!
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
I had to stop listening to this book, though I had read good things about it and was looking forward to it. The reader sounds as if she is reading to toddlers, she is so slow and "flight attendant-ish." Having just finished listening to a book read by Hope Davis, who is terrific, this reader seemed intolerable.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
I am a long-term Audible listener and have listened to hundreds of audiobooks. The narration of J. Courtney Sullivan's novel is one of the most inconsistent readings. I was amazed to hear at least three errors where characters are incorrectly identified (not Kathleen) and timeline is inaccurate (If Kathleen and Maggie leave after the July 4th fireworks, then they are leaving on July 5 - not August 5). Someone needs to do some serious editing with this audiobook.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
As unlikable a cast of characters as I have met in a long time. And the narrator's attempted breathy, yet inconsistent, Boston accent is, at best, annoying. Not worth giving it the listening time.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I bought this book when it had a higher rating. The only reson I did not skip to the end is that there are so many charcters, I wanted to know what happened to a few of them. Skip this book is right!
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
The narrator is enough to make me scream! Her voice promotes my dislike for most of these characters. Alice is downright ugly and unlikeable in spite of her great tragedy. Can't say I would recommend this book. It would be like recommending someone for root canal...
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Maine to be better than the print version?
Yes in print I may not have finished this one.
What other book might you compare Maine to and why?
Nothing to compare it with.
Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?
The granddaughter who is expecting a baby
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Family drama at it's best... or worst.
Any additional comments?
This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
...You Know the Book is Superb.
This book turned me into a huge Sullivan fan. Gorgeous writing, refreshing plot, realistic characters, far from cliche.
I'm neither Irish nor from the East Coast, but Sullivan basically described my family and some of the people In my life-that's how nuanced and realistic her characters are. And that's why they are likable-because they are relatable, they are real. Sullivan's psychological insight into family dynamics and dysfunction is a real talent. She provides an unbiased view into characters' motives and motivations and reveals how simple misunderstandings and differences of character can develop into feuds and hurts, and also, how simply sometimes they can resolve- how funny life can be.
Caveat: The narrator spoke slowly and overly dramatically. I got used to her mid-novel though, so don't let that detract you from purchasing this.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
NO. At first i really enjoyed getting to know the characters but the abrupt ending ruined it for me.
Has Maine turned you off from other books in this genre?
No.Just ones by this auther
What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She developed the characters nicely and then ended the sotry. very disappointing
Did Maine inspire you to do anything?
I would like to visit Maine again. her descriptions were beautiful.
Any additional comments?
WAs really enjoying the book until the end. very disappointed.
This was my first audiobook and I've never looked back. Easy to get in to but full of surprises along the way and with some really well drawn characters - not all of them likeable, but all totally believable and I love the way you're given a bit more information with each chapter to piece together the complex relationships between three generations of women (there are men in there too, but I think they play second fiddle to the girls in this book!) This is a fabulous holiday read (listen) - it's pretty long but I promise you won't be bored - in fact you'll have to stay awake because you'll be desperate to hear what happens next! Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
nothing startling happened but the beautiful characterisation made it intriging to follow their lives. recommend
Well that was a disappointment. I didn't ever care much about any of the characters and it never really came to anything though I felt it should do. Don't get me wrong I like a gentle story or film but this lacked something when it had the potential to be a decent story.
The writing method of one character per chapter can be a good writing device though perhaps is getting a little old.
The only reason I gave it 2 stars is that the reader made a decent job of it.
I am left wondering why I bothered to persist and resenting the waste of time.
I found Alice an unsympathetic character even knowing how she had suffered. Even then that didn't explain how anyone could be so mean other than because of their alcohol problems.
I won't continue - maybe I just missed the point. I'm a loyal reader and it's very rare for me to want to give up before the end, or to write such a poor review.
Nobody in this book was likeable. The matriarch was a nasty piece of work always belittling her kids. The summer house they go to in Maine is the focal point of a family argument that affects the generations.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful