The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver
A Novel

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...this same character, despite being in intense pain, despite knowing that death is rapidly approaching, can still announce that at Ashaunt, “I’m having the best summer of my life.”
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A precisely observed, superbly crafted novel, The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver charts the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.

Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts, has anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls—teenagers Helen and Dossie—run wild. The children’s Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter, Janie, is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short and haunts the family for years to come.

An unforgettable portrait of one family’s journey through the second half of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Graver’s The End of the Point artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us.

 

About Elizabeth Graver

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Elizabeth Graver is the author of the novels Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her short story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Best American Essays. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. The mother of two daughters, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Boston College and lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Harper. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alida Becker on Mar 15 2013

...this same character, despite being in intense pain, despite knowing that death is rapidly approaching, can still announce that at Ashaunt, “I’m having the best summer of my life.”

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