"Alice decided to take a break from packing. She lit a cigarette, leaning back in one of the wicker chairs that were always slightly damp from the sea breeze. She glanced around at the cardboard boxes filled with her family's belongings, each glass and saltshaker and picture frame wrapped carefully in newspaper. There were at least a couple of boxes in every room of the house. She needed to make sure she had taken them all to Goodwill by the time the children arrived. This had been their summer home for sixty years, and it amazed her how many objects they had accumulated. She didn't want anyone to be burdened by the mess once she was gone."
by J. Courtney Sullivan
As I said in this week's Sunday Salon post, Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan is the book I've been craving all summer. Not a lot actually happens, but with multiple generations, family dynamics, a summer house, and the Maine coast, it doesn't matter one bit. Does this type of book appeal to you, or do you prefer a fast-paced plot?
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