Pocketful of Names

Pocketful of Names

by Joe Coomer
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Pocketful of Names 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
su62 More than 1 year ago
Joe Coomer has become my "must read" author. I read this book from the library then had to have my own copy to read again (and also bought copies of 2 other Coomer books I haven't read yet). The setting is a small island off the coast of Maine and the small coastal community a short sail (or row) away. The story involves art, identity, love and loss, reclamation of truth, letting go but also acceptance. The people are quirky but very real. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
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My husband, my daughter, my mother - all loved it. Me too. Maybe living in Maine gives us a deeper understanding of the setting, relationships, and work of these characters. But it was a touching story, full of the details of life on the Maine coast, and the difficulties of being an artist. I don't usually bother to do reviews, but I see that this wonderful book has very few reviews and it deserves greater praise.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has a beautiful way with words, which made a great story. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. It has heart, lots of heart. Any seasoned, serious reader will love it. I plan to buy more of Joe Coomer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first dive, this book is great, especially if you are familiar with New England at all. Unfortunately, the deeper I got into the book, the more lackluster it became and awry it began to head. I also thought that the last hundred or so pages were rushed making you feel like you just wasted a lot of time getting to not much of anything. Sometimes I think that male writers just can't pull of writing for the view of a woman lead character in fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hannah Bryant is a artist lucky enough to make a living off her art work. She is happy living a hermit's life on an island in Maine inherited from her great uncle Arno Weed. Her isolation is broken by unwelcome visitors, starting with a dog washed up on the beach. Everyone has a secret or a story. Hannah is forced to confront their needs and her own secrets. I found the characters interesting and real. Its a warm story without becoming overly sentimental. An all round good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this novel, having been attracted by its subject matter, I kept wondering if the editor-in-charge was marooned on his or her own island and unable to dock when it counted. All the right stuff is here, it just needs gobs of cutting, especially around marine life descripiton and area history, as well as a larger, more animated arc. However, I stuck with it, intrigued by various plot lines, though realizing at the end that I didn't care much for the protagonist. And that doesn't help. I know there's a gem within this morass, and wish Mr. Coomer had embraced the less in more approach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. It should be and could be a best seller. In my top five favorites of all time. So many twists and turns. A must read for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It's a must read for everyone. Many twists and turns that will surprise you.