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"The Country of the Pointed Firs" by Sarah Orne Jewett
February 27, 2014  
The book jacket for The Country of the Pointed Fir

The Country of the Pointed Firs is widely considered to be Sarah Orne Jewett’s finest work. A classic novel (some call it a collection of related short stories) set on the coast of Maine, it is a heathery assemblage of vignette, narrative, lore and anecdote of the lives and rhythms of a decaying fishing village. One reviewer, writing in 1903, said of the novel: “Reading The Country of the Pointed Firs is like opening one’s grandmother’s chest of spotless, lavendered linen, or spending a day in a deep forest glade within sight and sound of clear, softly flowing water, the sky blue above the pines and the air shot through and through with Indian summer sunshine.”

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Host Jennifer Rooks discusses The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett with:

    Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian
    Melissa Coleman, author of This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak, a New York Times bestselle,.Melissa is a columnist for Maine Home + Design magazine, blogs at Bright-Minded Home, and organizes the Super Famous Writers Series at The Telling Room, a Portland writing center for children and young adults. She lives in Maine with her husband and twin daughters and can be found at www.melissacoleman.com.
    Lewis Robinson, author of the short story collection Officer Friendly and the novel Water Dogs, both published by Random House.

 

 

 

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