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Canterbury Beach

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A family embarks on their annual pilgrimage to the cottage in Maine. In the course of their journey, a tale will be told, spun from the long absence of the family's black sheep, and from the prospect of his return. Garnet is the last of Verna and Allister's four children. Once a sensitive child, then a difficult adolescent, and finally a lost soul, his travails resonate de ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2002 by Penguin Canada (first published 2001)
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Ian
Anne Simpson's Canterbury Beach is a first novel but is a thoroughly confident and accomplished work of fiction. Verna and Allister have been married for forty years and are driving from their Nova Scotia home to the Maine coast for the annual family vacation. Various of their offspring and a daughter-in-law are accompanying them. Extra baggage comes along too, in the form of grievances, secrets and half-formed intentions--the unexpressed complaints, hidden sentiments and bad behaviours that pro ...more
Krista
In my city, there is a local coffee shop that has floor to ceiling bookshelves with used books for sale. It has been a favorite pastime of mine to go, grab a coffee, and just spend an hour looking for some new-to-me books. One day on such an occasion, I came across “Canterbury Beach”. I was both surprised and curious to find this particular book here. See I live in Manitoba, and this was a book by an author in “some little town the rest of the world couldn’t pronounce” (pg. 10)- which was where ...more
Colleen
Recommended for someone who wants a light read. Kind of a family story told from all the different family members’ viewpoints.
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