Somewhere off the Coast of Maine

( 6 )

Overview

"Brilliant....[The Vietnam era] is vividly captured by Ann Hood."—New York Times Book Review
In 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 ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$12.43
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$13.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (27) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $8.31   
  • Used (18) from $1.99   
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.49
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$13.95 List Price

Overview

"Brilliant....[The Vietnam era] is vividly captured by Ann Hood."—New York Times Book Review
In 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.

Ann Hood's debut novel, the story of three friends in the 60s and the different paths their lives take as they grow older.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Memorably stirring and authentic.”
Chicago Tribune
“Accomplished and emotionally affecting.”
Elizabeth Wurtzel - Seventeen
“Deals with the intricacies of infidelity, cancer, insanity, marriage, growing old, accepting death, and just plain accepting yourself.”
Judy Isenhour - Salisbury Post (N.C.)
“Not just another 1960's novel... it is the story of life, of living, and of three unforgettable women as they struggle to find their way from one era to another.”
Peggy Constantine - Chicago Sun-Times
“A lovely novel... Hood creates characters so arresting one wishes each of them were principals of longer novels.”
Los Angeles Daily News
Hood is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the world of contemporary fiction.
Chicago Tribune
Accomplished and emotionally affecting.
LA Times Book Review
Memorably stirring and authentic.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hood has written a provocative, uneven tale of three women who were flower-child friends at an unnamed New England college in the late '60s. Suzanne eventually reverts to a life of which her parents would approve -- earning an M.B.A., becoming an investment banker, avoiding her past and old friends, and refusing to tell her daughter, Sparrow, about Sparrow's father, Abel, a poet who lives in a house on the coast of Maine. Claudia is semi-catatonic following the accidental drowning of her oldest son in the mid-'70s. And Elizabeth, who lives with her potter husband and their children, suffers a bout with cancer. This is also the story of the women's children, particularly of Sparrow's efforts to learn about her father and the love of Claudia's oldest son for Rebekah, Elizabeth's daughter. The narrative is at times rickety and self-conscious, and Hood often seems afraid to take risks with her characters' lives and motivations -- too often a single, extraordinary event rigidly determines their personality forever after. Nonetheless, this is an intriguing work by an author of promise.
Daily News, Los Angeles
Hood is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the world of contemporary fiction.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393332353
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 539,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Hood is the author of six works of fiction, including the bestseller The Knitting Circle and, most recently, The Obituary Writer, as well as a memoir, Comfort. She is also the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. The winner of two Pushcart prizes as well as Best American Food Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing awards, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    Loved this book!

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Lacks the depth of Knitting Circle

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    A light read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)