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Good Harbor by Anita Diamant

Good Harbor (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Anita Diamant

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Title:Good Harbor
Authors:Anita Diamant
Info:Pan (2003), Paperback, 336 pages
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Good Harbor by Anita Diamant (2001)



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set in Gloucester (Good Harbor) Ma. Nowhere near level of R.T. — weak — women's story.

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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  christinejoseph | Jul 19, 2016 |
Kathleen and Joyce - two women who meet one summer on the New England coast. Each is going through a crossroads in her life. Kathleen has been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and Joyce is dealing with an unhappy marriage and a rocky relationship with a young teenage daughter. They find eachother when each most needs a friend.

Plenty of parts in this book are really good. The women and their friendship with eachother was beautifully described. Kathleen's radiation treatments rang true to me. Joyce's struggles to understand how her marriage was failing - that rang true to me as well as did the descriptions of the two women and their friendship. Some parts - not so much. The failing marriage, the rebellious daughter, the completely unbelievable affair, the son (is he gay? Is he straight?) - everything was wrapped up and resolved so neatly in just a few pages.

I'll tell you what this book did make me want to do though - I would love to go to a New England coastal town and walk on the beach for a long, long time! ( )
  EvelynBernard | Mar 22, 2016 |
If you asked me, I would say I don't read a lot chick-lit. But this is, and I did. In one day. I have enjoyed some of the author's other works, OK, that's a fib, I adored the Red Tent, but this is the first of her works I have read set in the present day. A novel describing the coming together of two women in friendship, each at a critical and vulnerable time in her life. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
If you asked me, I would say I don't read a lot chick-lit. But this is, and I did. In one day. I have enjoyed some of the author's other works, OK, that's a fib, I adored the Red Tent, but this is the first of her works I have read set in the present day. A novel describing the coming together of two women in friendship, each at a critical and vulnerable time in her life. ( )
  MaureenCean | Jan 1, 2015 |
Good Harbor by Anita Diamant is the story of the friendship between two women living in Gloucester. One is a children's librarian who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The other is a freelance writer who has come to write a novel.

I read the book for a combination of the location and the basic character descriptions. I'm a librarian and would like to be a children's librarian. I also want to a writer and I've had fun doing Nanowrimo. I'm also a woman of similar age to these two protagonists.

At first, there's not much to this plot. It starts off as a quiet book with the librarian doing everything in her power to not obsess over her breast cancer, and the other one doing everything possible to procrastinate with her writing. And then just to force a cinematic second act, a random dude on the beach is introduced and of course, he becomes the other man. Because nothing says edgy women's fiction like an extra marital affair.

I could have let the affair thing go except that the "hot" sex scenes were just so silly and not in a good way. I ended up having to stop reading because I just couldn't take the book seriously any more. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 12, 2014 |
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"Good Harbor" addresses cancer, religion, parenting, death, infidelity, and relationships.
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Given the breadth of Anita Diamant's bestselling biblical epic, The Red Tent, it seems natural that her second novel has a much closer focus. Set in the small Massachusetts fishing town of Gloucester, Good Harbor is a slow-paced study of female friendship. Here Diamant can luxuriate in the development of just two principal characters: 59-year-old Kathleen Levine, a children's librarian who is undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, and a 42-year-old romance novelist, Joyce Tabachnik, who has bought a summer retreat in Gloucester in the hope of finally writing a "serious" book. The two meet at temple after a service presided over by a newly hired female rabbi. (What joy it must have been for Diamant, who chronicled so much oppression of Hebrew women in The Red Tent, to casually include the presence of female clergy.) Kathleen has no real confidante aside from her husband, Buddy; Joyce is facing estrangement from both her business-minded husband, Frank, and her soccer-obsessed daughter, Nina. What the women are lacking, they find in each other. As their intimacy grows, Diamant sometimes tells us what we already know, breaking into a conversation, for example, to announce how well things are going ("They smiled at each other. They were going to be okay."). This is a moving story nonetheless--short on incident, but with carefully drawn characters and fluid, matter-of-fact prose. --Regina Marler

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Two women are brought together by a mutual love for books, humor and nature for a once in a lifetime friendship.

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