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a novel, the story of a Maine boy working summers in a small coastal hotel, a story of the summer people, the hotel proprietors, and the coming of age of one smalltown maine boy in the late 1950s early 1960s
Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Blackberry
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I am a native Mainer who is in love with the Maine coast. Unfortunately, I live over 100 miles from it, so I do not get there as often as I would like. Sanford Phippen's Kitchen Boy has been like a trip to the coast every time I've opened it. It's the quasi-autobiographical story of several summers in the life of "Andy", a young man who works in the kitchen of the Frenchman's Bay Manor, a favorite summer vacation spot for out-of-staters looking for a genuine Maine coast experience. Spanning his ...more
Wow! what a book. I was truely drawn into the world of the Maine coast during holiday season throughout the 1960's. The narrator guides you through the years of his youth spent working in a hotel and later at a mouthwatering wharf where he sold clams and lobsters. I was desperate to eat one of those thousands of lobsters that were mentioned in the book along with oceans of warm melted butter.I wanted to be there and share those experiences.
The Catcher and the Rye of coastal Maine. Wonderfully funny and touching coming of age story filled with Phippen's characteristic wit and insight. A gifted storyteller, the novel is full of lively minor characters with memorable personalities and distinctive voices.