Maine, J.Courtney Sullivan
J.Courtney Sullivan


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The Kelleher's beachfront holiday house creaks under a weight of secrets.
A place where cocktails follow morning mass and children eavesdrop, it is home to matriarch Alice, who would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, decades before.
As summer arrives and the women in Alice's family descend on the shore, it soon becomes clear that these mothers and daughters have been deeply hurt by the people they love the most. But as this fierce, irrational love burns ever brighter, anger builds and painful secrets are unearthed.
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Jana Karpenko
Jana Karpenkohas quoted6 years ago
After I had you, I understood for the first time why people shake their babies to death,” she had told Maggie on one of her long trips to New York.
“Thanks a lot,” Maggie had said.
“Oh no, that’s not what I meant,” Kathleen said. “It wasn’t you—you were the best baby I ever saw. It’s motherhood in general that makes a woman nuts. All those hormones rushing around inside you. You can’t sleep. You can’t reason with this little beast. Before I had kids, I thought those people who shook babies were monsters, with some sort of inorganic urge. Then I realized that the violent urge is totally natural. It’s the stopping yourself part that’s inorganic, that takes real work.”
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Alina Martimyanovahas quoted6 years ago
“I know you want to be married and settled, but give it up. You can’t make chicken soup from chicken shit.”

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