The Cottage at Glass Beach

The Cottage at Glass Beach

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Heather Barbieri follows her acclaimed Gaelic-tinged drama The Lace Makers of Glenmara with the resonant tale of a woman who, in the wake of scandal, flees to a remote Maine island to reconnect with her past--and to come to terms with the childhood tragedy that has haunted her for a lifetime.

Set on the rugged New England coast, Barbieri's The Cottage at Glass Beach strikes the perfect balance between high lit and mainstream women's fiction, infusing a potent and unforgettable love story with unforgettable characters that will remain with you long after the final chapter. Richly evocative, Barbieri's narrative of intimacy, struggle, and redemption will call out to readers of Joanne Harris, Alice Hoffman, and other modern masters of drama.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062107961
0062107968
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 24 cm

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM
Nov 17, 2015

If you like Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells, try this book in which a woman finds healing and a hint of magic on a remote island in Maine.

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Peanut38
Aug 03, 2015

I found this book left me hanging at the end. I feel she left a lot of questions as to what could have happened between Nora and Owen and Nora's daughter Ella. She could have finished up everything in one extra chapter

Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This novel is set on an island, Burke's Island, off the coast of Maine one summer. Nora Keane was born on the island, but left when she was a young child after her mother disappeared. Now the wife of the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts history, she is back to the island for the summer with her two daughters, taking refuge from the media onslaught back home after her husband's infidelity is uncovered.
Annie is seven, full of imagination and daring. Ella is twelve, sassy and already showing signs of coming teen rebellion. Nora finds herself full of grief, for her marriage, for her renewed sense of loss of her mother, and for all the time she missed with her aunt, who wrote the letter that brought her back home.
Nora's aunt Maire is the island midwife, a family tradition, and while living alone, tied tightly into island life. This is a life with a sense of the unknown, a life where generations have been tied to the sea for their livelihood. A community where legends aren't dismissed out of hand.
So, when a quiet fisherman washes ashore in an apparent shipwreck and Nora finds him, her aunt's suggestion that he is a selkie summoned by her tears doesn't seem that farfetched a possibility. And what did really happen to Nora's mother, did she leave of her own accord, or did something happen to her. As Nora gradually begins to figure out her own future, her daughters go on a dangerous adventure that will draw Nora's courage beyond what she imagined.
The selkie legend surfaces several times in this book, but never really releases its mystery. An interesting novel, but it didn't capture me entirely.

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occy
Dec 24, 2012

Found it very drawn out but wanted to finish it to "find out what happens". Sldn't have wasted my valuable reading time, it wasn't worth it.

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