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Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
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Jenny Demonic I chose this book after seeing it in an issue of "Vogue" from last summer. I know, I'm always a day late and a dollar short.
When I read this book, I pieced together pieces of my own family and friends in the characters. We all know the do-gooder, the church-goer, the perfectionist, the anti-establishment, the against-the-grain people in our lives. We see them every day.
What I find interesting about the book is the acknowledgement that what we love in our friends we hate in our family. How many of us know that friend who drinks before noon and is "charismatic" but have a family member who wakes up to a beer that we loathe for being a ne'er do well? We champion a woman's right to choose, but in this story, we are mad at the mother who tells her daughter abortion is an option. It's too close when it's family, and THAT is what makes this book poignant: our reality in what we we have and our reality in what we choose are often so similar, yet so diversified in our own minds that we rebuke one and justify the other.
"Maine" is a story for women surrounded by crazy women. The craziness may be subtle at times and blatant at others, but it is truly a celebration of us all, in all our flaws and mystery.


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