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Miriam Colwell's Contentment Cove-her fourth novel set in Maine and her first in more than five decades-is a riveting story of class distinctions in a 1950s Down East coastal village during a time of cultural change. Dot-Fran, Hilary, and Mina are three residents of a Maine coastal village in the 1950s. Dot-Fran, the youngest, is a native; she runs the town's drug store. H ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Islandport Press
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Miriam Colwell wrote this novel about a small town in coastal Maine, and the tensions between natives and "summer people," during the 1950s, when she published a series of three novels about Down East life. The manuscript was set aside at the time, and only recently rediscovered and published by Islandport Press as part of a line of Maine classics. Colwell herself was from Prospect Harbor; she came to New York and mingled in literary and artistic circles before returning home to serve as postmis ...more
I didn't like any of these characters at first and really felt like the story was going nowhere. I did end up getting more into the story but the plot was kind of all over the place, and some of the characters were still really obnoxious. I felt kind of like Colwell tried too hard and they were kind of over the top. I'm from Maine and have never met summer people as obnoxious as the Potters. Just saying.
Sep 25, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Maine-lovers, those interested in class differences
Recommended to Emily by: Port in a Storm Bookstore
A wonderful portrait of life and the clash between social classes, as well as "townies" v. "summer people" in a coastal town in Maine in the 1950s. Very funny in parts, but ultimately tragic, and so real in the way people want to change, but nobody is really quite able to do so. It was a bit over-the-top at the end, but it worked for me. The book has an interesting history, too. Miriam Colwell wrote it in the 1950s (when she was writing other novels), then put it away for years and only recently ...more