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There is something special about a good old-fashioned story. Spoonhandle is story telling at its finest. Not a thriller or a mystery, though there is some suspense about the way things will turn out. The characters were the most wonderful people, good and bad, warts and all. The setting is a fishing village on the coast of Maine that is seeing an influx of summer people looking to get away from it all. The locals are looking to benefit by an improved economy and better lives for themselves, but
This is a sweet, easy-going trip to a small coastal town and island in Maine in 1936–1937. It’s slow-moving and meandering—the frictions between people draw you in but this is not a compelling plot—it picks up some drama after the first 200 pages. What I liked most was realizing that there were women like me there: women who had concerns about freedom and careers, women who didn’t play games with men. Most of the novels I’ve read that take place in the ’30s and ’40s have given me the impression
About a month ago I received a package in the mail from my sister who lives in Colorado. I was puzzled when I opened it and found a tattered, blue, worn out book with yellowing pages that had been published in 1946. I called my sis saying, “What the heck?” She told me she thought I might like it, and that she knew it would be hard for me to find a copy on my own since none of Ruth Moore’s books are available at most libraries, on Libby, or on Audible. Well, she was absolutely correct! I loved
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I read it for a class I'm taking. I had not heard of Ruth Moore or this book before, but I absolutely loved it. Such a beautifully captured snapshot of 1930s life on the Maine coast. I want to find more of Moore's books now.
Some of the best and also most heart wrenching writing I have read in a long time. Funny how the characters felt about Maine tourism and “summer people” in 1937 is how many of us still feel about it today. Like New York and Boston took a puke.
I just loved this. I read the first 200 pages and enjoyed it so much but got sidetracked. When I came back to it, I reread those pages and enjoyed them again. The book was written in 1946 about a small dying town on an island in Maine. A friend from Maine suggested reading it as we hoped to go there this year, but now there is a pandemic....I found this to be beautifully written with descriptions of people who seem so real in their vividly created life on the water and surrounded by the woods, o...
Wonderful storytelling here about Mainers in the 1930s benefitting from, stung by, and adapting to an influx of people from Away. Very well written and the dialogue, I imagine, is spot on. Loved the descriptions of the sea and coast and the two brothers working their boat. Very satisfying read for uncertain times.
Wow, I’m amazed by this Maine classic! A rich and raw look at what happens in coastal communities. Romance, tensions of those here and “from away,” racism, prejudice, family drama, women’s rights in the home, etc. What a must-read for anyone who grew up in a Maine community. So much to relate to and resonate with.
One of my all-time and timeless favorites that I return to again and again.
An old treasure which will have me looking further for more from this author and others.
I love Ruth Moore. When it comes to authors who have created versions of Maine, she is the best. While I am still pondering how Spoonhandle stacks up against The Weir, another Moore classic, I'll say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Moore artfully depicts a Maine coastal village in transition from an old-fashioned, self-sufficient, family-based culture and economy to one where "summer people" drive the economy and way of life, as several characters learn. I'd recommend this book to anyone who lov...
This is an enjoyable book; if you have any interest in Maine, it should be on your "to-read" list. It was written in 1946 about a community in transition (even then) from the old family-centered way of life to one where the "summer people" are beginning to exert their influence into the community, changing things. Little Spoon Island is a real island (I looked it up), but the book is fiction. The characters are well-developed through their interactions with each other, as there are several plots...
When in Maine read a book that takes place in Maine. This book was published in 1946 and I guess was made into the film Deep Waters. It has been recently put back into print and glad it was. I enjoyed this story very much. A good old fashioned telling of life in Maine by the sea. Characters were great and book takes place with a transition of women's roles, family dynamics, selling of land to "summer people", those who have "gone away", etc. And a good old fashioned love story. I plan to read ot...
I couldn't have found a more enjoyable read, I don't think. It's old-fashioned in a lovely way, with regular folks scrabbling up a living on the Maine coast. Full of anti-city prejudice and boldly mocking the small minds of many people, I went along with the story and its simple characters because I was in the mood for a simple romantic narrative. Sometimes you want a hearty meal and sometimes you just want popcorn.
I really enjoyed this book, although it's set in Maine around 1937 I believe. Maine is a place I've never visited, but it has many similarities with some of the coastal areas of Scotland, where locals have been priced out of their home villages due to incomers snapping up houses for holiday homes. There are some great characters and lovely writing.
Completely loved it! Many thanks to my friend Sarah who gave it to me, neither of us realizing Moore was my childhood neighbor. If I'd ONLY known! If you grew up on the coast of Maine or have grandparents from Maine this is a MUST read. The language made me feel as though I was visiting with my grandparents.
Ruth Moore paints a picture of the characters and their surroundings so clear I can still conjure up the images in my mind, even though I read this book some 45 years ago. Sadly, it's out of print, but I keep searching flea markets and garage sales, hoping...
Sounds amazingly relevant to today's island life.
A long lost gem! So happy I stumbled across this fine, old fashioned treat. It’s well written and evenly paced and stands the test of time.
My favorite of Ruth Moore's Maine books. I love her people and her description of place and time. Love this book.
The BEST Maine author and this is her best novel. I loved the characters and feel like I know them. A very true voice.
An evocative period piece which creates memorable characters and sense of place. A seafront community in Maine faces changes. Does in a novel what Spoon River anthology did for poetry.
Not as good as The Weir.
Enjoyable read -- liked the depiction of everyday life in a coastal Maine village circa 1950. The family sub-plot reminded me of 'The Little Foxes'.