Good Harbor

Written by:
Anita Diamant
Narrated by:
Linda Emond

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2001
7 hours 30 minutes
Anita Diamant, whose rich portrayal of the biblical world of women illuminated her acclaimed international bestseller The Red Tent, now crafts a moving novel of contemporary female friendship.

Good Harbor is the long stretch of Cape Ann beach where two women friends walk and talk, sharing their personal histories and learning life's lessons from each other. Kathleen Levine, a longtime resident of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is maternal and steady, a devoted children's librarian, a convert to Judaism, and mother to two grown sons. When her serene life is thrown into turmoil by a diagnosis of breast cancer at fifty-nine, painful past secrets emerge and she desperately needs a friend. Forty-two-year-old Joyce Tabachnik is a sharp-witted freelance writer who is also at a fragile point in her life. She's come to Gloucester to follow her literary aspirations, but realizes that her husband and young daughter are becoming increasingly distant. Together, Kathleen and Joyce forge a once-in-a-lifetime bond and help each other to confront scars left by old emotional wounds.
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I expected more based on the description but this book was nothing more than a Harlequin romance, which was actually the livelihood of one of the two main characters.

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I'm in the middle of Disc 2 and will return this book tomorrow. I found Kathleen's attitude toward her diagnosis of breast cancer annoying. Before she even got the results of her surgery, she had herself buried. The book is boring -- I keep waiting for the story to start and after almost two discs, it hasn't grabbed me. Glad it's a rental and not a purchase.

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Anita is an excellant writer and you can just picture the characters and places that she writes about. I did enjoy the book---and it shows that there is "grace" before we totally ruin our lives. That even though we do bad things, there is forgiveness and changing is possible--- before all of the consequences are dealt out. And that we don't get all of the consequences that we deserve. Also a great story of mentoring each other, the older and younger and vice versa.

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Good rainy weekend book. Issues including death of a child and cancer and handled in a realistic fashion.

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