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By: J. Courtney Sullivan
Three generations of Kelleher women make their way to the family beach house in Maine one momentous summer. Maggie is thirty-two years old, unmarried, and pregnant. Alice is the bitter, mean-spirited matriarch of the family. Kathleen is a recovering alcoholic who had hoped to never step foot in the Maine house again but is drawn back to help her daughter Maggie. Ann Marie's daughter has announced that she is a lesbian and her son has been fired from every job he has ever held. Sullivan weaves a captivating tale of social climbing, Catholic guilt, and sibling rivalry.
By: Anita Diamant
Addie Baum was born in 1900 in Boston to Jewish immigrants. Her older sisters went to work in factories while they were still young children, but Addie's life was somewhat easier. Although she loved school, she was forced to quit after ninth grade when one sister married. Luckily, she went to work for her brother-in-law in an office where she was treated well. Through membership in the Saturday Club, a girls' social group held at a nearby settlement house, Addie broadened her horizons. She made fast friends of Italian and Irish girls, each of whom were loyal and steadfast. Addie is smart, ambitious, and resourceful. The audio version of this book is beautifully narrated by Linda Lavin.