Wednesday, May 25, 2011

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Maine

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

book description (from Goodreads):
Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction from the author of the best-selling debut novel Commencement (“One of this year’s most inviting summer novels” —The New York Times).

The Kelleher family has been coming to Maine for sixty years. Their beachfront cottage,won on a barroom bet after the war, is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and threadbare sweaters are shared on chilly nights. It is also a place where cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and ancient grudges simmer below the surface. As Maggie, Kathleen, and Anne Marie descend on Alice and the cottage, each woman brings her own baggage—a secret pregnancy, a terrible crush, and a deeply held resentment for misdeeds of the past.

By turns uproarious and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to the family house, and to one another


Anonymous said...

A definite summer read. Looks good. Thanks for sharing!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, this one sounds right up my alley...and the other day, someone was raving about Commencement, so I'm now off to check them out on Amazon. Thanks~!


Jill said...

One of my most-anticipated summer reads this year!

Jen said...

This sounds like a good book, and I hadn't heard of it. however, I see our library has it on order, so I just placed a hold. Thanks!! :)

Jeanna said...

This one sounds great. I haven't heard of it before though. Thanks for letting me know. Here's my WOW:
happy reading!

nomadreader said...

I still haven't read her last book, but I'm really looking forward to this one! Great pick.