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Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Oct 02, 2011

it was amazing
Recommended for: John Irving & Edith Chopin fans
Read from August 22 to September 06, 2006 — I own a copy , read count: once

Loved this book. It won the "Kate Chopin Literary Award" which honors a novel which contains a female character who, like Edna Pontellier in "The Awakening" goes beyond the expected boundries for female behavior.
It very much reminds me of a John Irving book - quirky; fun; different; - like his books. Main character is Ruth and tells her story from birth to adulthood. She is a strong woman who is controlling but not always in control.
The novel takes place on two remote islands off the coast of Maine where the main occupation is trapping and selling lobsters.

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