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Good Harbor

Diamant, Anita

ISBN 10: 0743225325 / ISBN 13: 9780743225328
Published by Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2001
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Inscribed with signature under her printed name on title page. Author has also written The Red Tent, and The Last Days of Dogtown, as well as various books on the practice of contemporary Judiaism. This novel is set in Gloucester, MA. A near fine copy in like DJ with a very small crease at bottom of front flap. 253 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 12694

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Title: Good Harbor

Publisher: Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Synopsis:

From their first meeting, a friendship grows between two women who have each reached a crossroad in her life--fifty-nine-year-old Kathleen, whose sister had died of breast cancer and who has recently been diagnosed herself, and the slightly younger Joyce, increasingly distant from her teenage daughter, assessing her marriage and family, and struggling to write a second novel. 200,000 first printing.

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Given the breadth of Anita Diamant's bestselling biblical epic, The Red Tent, it seems natural that her second novel has a much closer focus. Set in the small Massachusetts fishing town of Gloucester, Good Harbor is a slow-paced study of female friendship. Here Diamant can luxuriate in the development of just two principal characters: 59-year-old Kathleen Levine, a children's librarian who is undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, and a 42-year-old romance novelist, Joyce Tabachnik, who has bought a summer retreat in Gloucester in the hope of finally writing a "serious" book. The two meet at temple after a service presided over by a newly hired female rabbi. (What joy it must have been for Diamant, who chronicled so much oppression of Hebrew women in The Red Tent, to casually include the presence of female clergy.) Kathleen has no real confidante aside from her husband, Buddy; Joyce is facing estrangement from both her business-minded husband, Frank, and her soccer-obsessed daughter, Nina. What the women are lacking, they find in each other. As their intimacy grows, Diamant sometimes tells us what we already know, breaking into a conversation, for example, to announce how well things are going ("They smiled at each other. They were going to be okay."). This is a moving story nonetheless--short on incident, but with carefully drawn characters and fluid, matter-of-fact prose. --Regina Marler

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