Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine: A Novelby Ann Hood
"Brilliant....[The Vietnam era] is vividly captured by Ann Hood."—New York Times Book ReviewIn 1969, as Peter, Paul and Mary croon on the radio and poster paints splash the latest antiwar slogans, three young friends find love. Suzanne, a poet, lives in a Maine beach house awaiting the birth of a child she will call Sparrow. Claudia, who weds a/p>/em>
"Brilliant....[The Vietnam era] is vividly captured by Ann Hood."—New York Times Book ReviewIn 1969, as Peter, Paul and Mary croon on the radio and poster paints splash the latest antiwar slogans, three young friends find love. Suzanne, a poet, lives in a Maine beach house awaiting the birth of a child she will call Sparrow. Claudia, who weds a farmer during college, plans to raise three strong sons. Elizabeth and her husband marry, organize protests, and try to rear two children with their hippie values. By 1985, things have changed: Suzanne, now with an MBA, calls Sparrow "Susan." Claudia spirals backward into her sixties world—and madness. And Elizabeth, fatally ill, watches despairingly as her children yearn for a split-level house and a gleaming station wagon. ?Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine? is Ann Hood's stunning debut novel about the choices we make when we are young, and the changes brought about by the passing of time.
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Read this when it was first published--and found it compelling. Sure, some first novel sins, but the characters have stayed with me for years! I've read all of Ann Hood's books, and this is the one I love best
I listened to this on Books on Tape. It was enjoyable to listen to while driving. It is the kind of book one could read at an airport and still not miss what is going on all around. I am not sure that I would have found it a book to just sit and read because it did not have a particularly intriguing plot that left me aching to get back to it. It was a book of many events but not a lot of depth. Yet, it would be a good read when sitting on the beach this coming suumer. One attractive feature of the book was that everything was not tied up into neat little packages at the end.
After reading the Knitting Circle, I found old copies of several other books by Ann Hood. I lost myself in the Knitting Circle - something that did not happen with this book. The characters were shallow and unlikable the book felt like it didn't know where if was going or what its point was.