Good Harbor

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anita Diamant

Narrated By: Linda Emond

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2005

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

Anita Diamant's international bestseller The Red Tent brilliantly re-created the ancient world of womanhood. Diamant brings her remarkable storytelling skills to Good Harbor -- offering insight to the precarious balance of marriage and career, motherhood and friendship in the world of modern women. The seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts is a place where the smell of the ocean lingers in the air and the rocky coast glistens in the Atlantic sunshine. When longtime Gloucester-resident Kathleen Levine is diagnosed with breast cancer, her life is thrown into turmoil. Frightened and burdened by secrets, she meets Joyce Tabachnik -- a freelance writer with literary aspirations -- and a once-in-a-lifetime friendship is born. Joyce has just bought a small house in Gloucester, where she hopes to write as well as vacation with her family. Like Kathleen, Joyce is at a fragile place in her life. A mutual love for books, humor, and the beauty of the natural world brings the two women together. They share their personal histories, and help each other to confront scars left by old emotional wounds. With her own trademark wisdom and humor, Diamant considers the nature, strength, and necessity of adult female friendship. Good Harbor examines the tragedy of loss, the insidious nature of family secrets, as well as the redemptive power of friendship.

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  • Shamrock

    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.

  • Pat

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

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