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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
June 14
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

ShmillaMilla ,

Couldn't decide

Like all one-character-at-a-time perspective chapter books, I hated each character as the others told about them, then came to understand if not empathize with them in their own. The only real difference here is how despicable some of them are, but hearing from their own point of view, I almost forgot to hate them.

mary kate is amazing ,


This is might be a great book but i dont know because i have an i pod touch( the newest version) and i got hte i books app but its saying i must have a conpatible i pod, which i do and it says i cannot download it so i reccomend this app IF YOU CAN GET IT TO WORK!!!

A good one! ,


Very good writer, not my religious beliefs, but did learn so many things about the Catholic Church that I thought possibly had faded from the old traditional ways. These generations of family showed me I had much to learn about this Faith. A family story that keeps the reader sticking to what is going to happen next. Do recommend for an entertaining read.

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