Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
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"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.
 

About Ann Hood

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Ann Hood (www.annhood.us) lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Scott Altmann (www.scottaltmann.com) lives in Levittown, New York.
 
Published May 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 234 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the 80's to the 60's and back again in this bland, poorly organized first novel that sets the silly adolescent traumas of two Contemporary teen-age girls against the backdrop of their mothers' shared past.

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Hood has written a provocative, uneven tale of three women who were flower-child friends at an unnamed New England college in the late 1960s. Suzanne eventually reverts to a life of which her parents

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