Somewhere off the Coast of Maine

Somewhere off the Coast of Maine

by Ann Hood


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Somewhere off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393332353
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 551,729
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through
Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Somewhere off the Coast of Maine 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished the book, hoping the end would justify the read. I’m sorry to say it was time wasted.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.