Posted by Pam I am
Maine takes the reader into the dysfunctional Kelleher family in all its glory. Maine is told from various perspectives: Alice, the 83 year old matriarch of the family; Maggie, Alice's granddaughter; Kathleen, Alice's estranged daughter; and Anne Marie, Alice's uptight daughter-in-law. It is through these four women that we see the struggles and triumphs of the Kelleher family. These women all come together at the summer cottage in Maine during the month of July and they each bring their "baggage" so to speak. Alice is haunted by a tragedy that happened in 1942 and has always seemed to struggle with the path her life has taken. Maggie comes to Maine single and pregnant. She is a writer living in Brooklyn and has just broken up with her boyfriend, who she thought she may have loved. Kathleen, Maggie's mother comes to Maine when she learns of Maggie's pregnancy although she vowed never to see her own mother, Alice, years ago. And Anne Marie has crafted a life that seems perfect on the outside, but just below the surface she is struggling to figure out her life and marriage. As each chapter switches narrator, you are drawn to their own individual stories and the characters are rich, funny, mean and much more.