The End of the Point

The End of the Point

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction

Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts, has anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls--teenagers Helen and Dossie--run wild while their only brother, Charlie, goes off to train for war. The children's Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short.

An unforgettable portrait of one family's journey through the second half of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Graver's The End of the Point artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062184849
Branch Call Number: GRA
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,24 cm


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bdemian Jun 14, 2013

Stunning evocation of place and its hold, for better and worse, on generations whose attraction never falters despite changes over the years. And all written in graceful, imaginative prose.

branch_reviews Apr 16, 2013

The wealthy Porter family spends every summer at their compound on Cape Cod, generation after generation. In this stunning novel, the story of their summers is told through the voices of various observers: Helen, the spirited eldest daughter: Bea, the Scottish nanny to the youngest daughter Janie; and Charlie, Helen’s nature-loving son. The location, Ashaunt Point, is as much a character as anyone else. Graver’s luminous writing makes the reader feel the icy sea water and long to sip lemonade on the porch. Ranging from 1942, when their point is invaded by the army watching for enemy submarines, through 1999, we see the generations unfold as the world changes around them, and ultimately changes them and their beloved summer sanctuary. Highly recommended – but not for action fans! Reviewed by DC

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