This bleak novel set on the coast of Maine is a story of love and betrayal. Marilla had left her boring husband and 12-year-old daughter to move in with her lover, Tucker. Now the daughter, Helen, in her 20s and adrift, has moved back to Monkey Bay temporarily. She lives first with her father and then with Marilla and Tucker, causing profound changes in the lives of all three. The novel is told in a clear, sparse prose that paints a dour picture of these unsatisfying lives. Because we don't really get inside anyone's head, the story remains remote and uncompelling. It may change forever readers' romantic notions about life in Maine.
- Janet Boyarin Blundell, Brookdale Community Coll . , Lincroft, N . J.
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Characters who squander their time in laundromats, trailers, partitioned offices and Pepsi Redemption Centers here populate a hostile world. "Ford's close-up on quietly desperate lives, like Walker Evans's famous photos, is beautiful and disturbing," observed PW.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140120572