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The Weight of Winter

(Mattagash #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Third in a trilogy set in the marvelous fictional town of Mattagash, Maine, by the acclaimed author of The Funeral Makers and Once Upon a Time on the Banks. The New York Times Book Review calls Pelletier's work powerful stuff . . . her sentences are sharp and unique as snowflakes.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Washington Square Press (first published November 1st 1991)
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Susan Emmet
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd missed reading this 1991 Mattagash novel until now. What an insightful, funny, depressing and ultimately hopeful book it is.
The interlocking tales of descendants of original settlers and "newbies" is so moving. All the trust and mistrust, all the family love and dysfunction, all the horror of drugs and alcohol and violence and suicide, all the hope in the beauty of the land and air and sky and water - it's just a comprehensive portrait of individuals, of people, and their northern Maine town
Jim Krosschell
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: maine-books
Cathie Pelletier (born in Allagash in 1953) is a hilarious and frightening chronicler of life as far north in Maine as you can go.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read for me. I like Pelletier's use of language and her stories set in fictional Mattagash, Maine. This novel is a sort of series of interlaced stories about various townspeople early one winter: Amy Jo Lawler, thinking about putting her mother, Sicily, in a nursing home; Lynn and Pike Gifford's turbulent, violent marriage and its impact on their children; Mathilda Fennelson, in her early 100s and reflecting on emotional events in her past; Charlene & Davey and their sick daughter, ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another "small town" story - this time in northern Maine. As opposed to the last "small town" book I ready - this one was excellent.

The stories of rural, impoverished people suffering the effects of a never-ending series of brutal winters is fascinating and strikes somewhat close to home. I recognized many of the characters in this novel and grew to love and hate them.

Well written, superb characterization. Highly recommended - especially for any that have suffered through small town life in a ha
Katharine Holden
Some fascinatingly spot-on characters, especially Pike Gifford, Jr., who is the embodiment of the stupid loser with a taste for petty cruelty who damages and burdens the lives of everyone around him. The novel, however, is about a quarter to one-third too long and would have been more effective if pruned.
Susan Beecher
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well-written novel with real human characters in a very small town in northern Maine.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this novel in April at the end of an endless winter (or during and endless winter or before an endless winter).
Do not read if you are going through any sort of personal drama/crisis/angst.
In fact, the only time this book should be read is in the bright warm sunshine and only of the worst thing you have ever had to deal with was a hangnail or a stubbed toe.

In this book , there were at least four suicides, showing that even the characters couldn’t stick around for the entire st
Cindy Huggins
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cindy by: Jim Page
For starters, this is definitely an accurate depiction of living through a winter in a small town in northern Maine. But the effects of poverty, alcoholism, etc. as presented here by Pelletier are universal, as I can attest to from growing up in a small, poor town in South Carolina. Nonetheless, what makes this book enjoyable — rather than totally depressing — is how her characters always seem to find beauty and meaning in life, no matter what.

One character is worth noting in particular. Conrad
Julie Barrett
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The Weight of Winter by Cathie Pellitier
Many stories on various subjects about life in Maine. During the winter, like being on an island
you must find and make your own excitement. Most just hibernate and you might see them once a week shopping.
Chapters of hunting, lyme disease. Gossip runs rabid when you have nothing to occupy your time like listening to the police scanner.
Love little quotes from authors at the beginning of the chapters, so fitting. Dialect is so true to life!
Stories from those
Sue Tincher
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
A not-very-compelling portrait of small-town Maine. Cardboard-y characters. The great tragedy of the book, the untimely death of one of the few likeable characters, is breezed over with little impact on the place.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this better than her newer book, One-Way Bridge. Both stories are set in the same Northern Maine town, more than twenty years apart in time. This story was more full. Full of history, humor and tragedy.
Betty Nola
The Weight of Winter by Cathie Pellitier is easy to read. No blood and guts but it kept my interest. A great story of winter in a small northern town and its effect on its residents.
Tabitha Lord
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book had a terrific, authentic sense of place. The characters were believable and well-drawn. I actually ready it while visiting family in Maine, during the winter! Perfect!
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