It’s Maine by Courtney Sullivan, read by Anne Marie Lee and on unabridged CD from Random House Audio. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
It is the final summer in Maine for the Kelleher family, and three generations converge on the cottage at Kittery Point, all dreaming of bare feet, cocktails at sunset, and that magical ocean air. Alice is the matriarch of the family, a regular fixture at morning mass, and an equally regular fixture in the wicker chair on the sun porch where she spends all afternoon drinking manhattans and smoking cigarettes. Maggie is Alice’s granddaughter, a 32-year-old writer who has just realized she’s pregnant, a fact she has yet to tell her off-again boyfriend. Maggie’s mother, Kathleen, is the prodigal daughter, camped out in Arizona, wishing desperately to avoid the annual Kelleher showdown. So that leaves Ann Marie, Alice’s daughter-in-law, long-suffering martyr and avid dollhouse collector, to keep this chaotic household in order. Together these four women assemble on the picturesque scrap of land along the Atlantic Ocean–a piece of land won on a bet generations ago, a piece of land Alice has private plans for after her death. Over the course of this summer, long-held secrets are revealed, embarrassing crushes bloom, and gallons of vodka are consumed. While Alice must face the truth about her sister, Maggie has to decide what to do about Gabe and the baby, Kathleen comes face to face with the woman she most fears, and Ann Marie desperately tries to maintain the image of a perfect family–an image rapidly deteriorating in that magical ocean air. A sprawling, wickedly funny novel of sibling rivalry, infidelity, alcoholism and Catholicism, Maine is an irresistible family drama, a captivating portrait of three generations of women, and a perfect summer read.
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