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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published February 11th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1877)
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This is another gem of a story from American author Sarah Orne Jewett. Written in 1877, it tells the tale of two young ladies from Boston, Kate Lancaster and her friend Helen Denis, who spend the summer at the home of Kate's recently-deceased aunt Miss Brandon. Kate and Helen adapt quickly to life in the fishing village of Deephaven, a fictional coastal town in Maine, and are soon accepted into the small close-knit community.

Their summer visit extends into late autumn and includes the humdrum ev
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book, nature, 2014
This novel was written before “The Country of the Pointed Firs” and is a good example of how an author grows and gathers strength which is ultimately expressed in a masterwork. I didn’t want to compare Deephaven to TCOTPF, but it’s hard not to, as both are about places and people that were obviously the passion and focus of Jewett’s life and writing. Deephaven is about 2 young friends who spend a holiday in an old seaside community, and get to know the people and their simple but dignified way o ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
It's impossible to fight the urge to compare this with Jewett's better-known and better County of the Pointed Firs, so I won't fight it. Pointed Firs is the more polished text in structure and style, as well as the more balanced in its themes. But Deephaven, with lovely passages of its own, still has strengths to offer that its successor doesn't: younger narrators, more characters, more historical situatedness, and more movement. If you liked Pointed Firs, you'll definitely like Deephaven, and a ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a great read if you're at the beach, would just like to be. This is a great example of just how insightful literature can be even if the tone is generally sentimental. The sentiment is strong, but the realities of life in what is basically a fictional tourist town is just as unflinching. This is the kind of book that stays with you and haunts you, inviting you back and inhabiting your dreams.
Kilian Metcalf
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I discovered Jewett when I was researching Maine as a setting for a novel. Originally I was reading her for her language style and descriptions of the setting. By the end of the book, I was enjoying her stories as well as her essays and memoirs. A deceptively engaging writer.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two close friends (twenty-something young women) go to a deceased aunt's cottage in a fictional town on the coast of Maine for the summer. Written about 1880, it starts out as an interesting look at how wealthy and regular people lived at that time and what two young women would do on vacation in an unfamiliar town. It was a little dull, but then there wasn't much for them to do. I was interested in their interactions with the lighthouse keepers and fishermen, but wanted something more.
Sheila Kahn
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This was Jewett's first novel. As in her others, there is no real action but I enjoy the "coziness" of her books and the way they harken back to yesterday-year. I love the way she portrays her characters, nearly all of whom are old Mainers. This was a very good read.
Betsy Panayides
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this first of Sarah Orne Jewett's books in preparation for a "field trip" to her home of which this story is probably about and where she wrote many of her books.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, audio
Not enough plot for me right now, but I knew that going in.
Jul 03, 2015 marked it as dnf
This was very charming to begin with, but then branched into long descriptions, which I can't concentrate on in an audiobook. Great Librivox reader though.
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Not as good as Country of the Pointed Firs. Lots of local color and quaint old things...oh so very jewett.
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Sarah Orne Jewett was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for her local color works set in or near South Berwick, Maine, on the border of New Hampshire, which in her day was a declining New England seaport.
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