When her mother disappears during a weekend trip, Florine Gilham’s idyllic childhood is turned upside down. Until then she’d been blissfully insulated by the rhythms of family life in small town Maine: watching from the granite cliffs above the sea for her father’s lobster boat to come into port, making bread with her grandmother, and infiltrating the summer tourist camps with her friends. But with her mother gone, the heart falls out of Florine’s life and she and her father are isolated as they struggle to manage their loss.
Both sustained and challenged by the advice and expectations of her family and neighbors, Florine grows up with her spirit intact. And when her father’s past comes to call, she must accept that life won’t ever be the same while keeping her mother vivid in her memories.
With Fannie Flagg’s humor and Elizabeth Stroud’s sense of place, this debut is an extraordinary snapshot of a bygone America through the eyes of an inspiring girl blazing her own path to womanhood.
“So rapturously moving, I could barely bring myself to close the final page.” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of Pictures of You)
“Not since Ellen Foster have I rooted so hard for a fictional girl.” (Monica Wood, author of Any Bitter Thing)
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Coming of age in Maine, circa 1963
I enjoyed the story, but I rarely re-listen to anything. Too many wonderful stories waiting to be heard !
Grand. I wanted her to be my grandmother.
My first time listening to Luci Christian. I thought she was excellent. She has a " young" voice that suited the first-person narrator, and she added a touch of Maine accenting to her reading of the adult characters.
No, it wasn't a page turner. This is a coming of age story, not a thriller.
- Ruth Bain