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Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
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Jul 30, 2012

liked it

Where are the half stars when you need them? I couldn't put it down and yet I didn't like the
4 main women very much at all. The youngest, Maggie, was the only one I would even think of
having as a friend. The matriarch of the family seems to care little or nothing about
other people's feelings especially those of the other women in her family.Although the author tells us that she really loved her husband, it is hard to fathom that she could love anyone. Her daughter has suffered the consequences of having a mother who really didn't like her much and often seemed to let her know it. Her daughter-in-law is "too nice", but except for her immediate family, it comes from a feeling of duty rather than from the heart. The granddaughter,
however, seems able to cope with all of these women with a basic honesty and little resentment.
I think this says a great deal for the author. She kept me reading all 388 pages even though
I didn't like these women and felt somewhat depressed by their words and actions. I will probably go back and read her first novel.
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Alisa I agree, I really didn't like any of the characters except Maggie, but I even felt she needed to grow some backbone!

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