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Maine by Courtney Sullivan, book reviewMaine by Courtney Sullivan is presented as a family saga, with large parts of it set and focused on, rather unsurprisingly, the Kelleher family’s summer home in Maine. Three generations of Kelleher women are in Maine: Alice, the prickly matriarch; her daughter Kathleen, who is best described as the black sheep of the family; Kathleen’s daughter Maggie, pregnant and newly single; and Alice’s daughter-in-law, Ann-Marie, an uptight perfectionist who is now harbouring desires for an affair.

Maine is one of those novels which doesn’t really have a clear-cut story. Each character has their own chapters, which of course tell their story – for Alice this is largely memories of a long-ago tragedy, while for the others it is their present.

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