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“Soon or a little too lateeverything you never knewyou always wanted turns uphereat The Breakers”—from the book In her new novel At The Breakers, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, author of the widely praised and beloved Come and Go, Molly Snow, presents Jo Sinclair, a longtime single mother of four children. Fleeing an abusive relationship after a shocking attack, Jo finds herself in Sea Cove, New Jersey, in front of The Breakers, a salty old hotel in the process of renovation. Impulsively, she negotiates a job painting the guest rooms and settles in with her youngest child, thirteen-year-old Nick. As each room is transformed under brush and roller, Jo finds a way to renovate herself, reclaiming a promising life derailed by pregnancy and a forced marriage at age fourteen. Jo’s new life at the hotel features a memorable mix of locals and guests, among them Iris Zephyr, the hotel’s ninety-two-year-old permanent boarder; Charlie, a noble mixed-breed dog; Marco, owner of a nearby gas station/liquor store, who may become Jo’s next mistake; and enigmatic Wendy, her streetwise eighteen-year-old daughter, who signs on as housekeeper. Irrepressible Victor Mangold, Jo’s former professor and a well-known poet some twenty years her senior, invites himself to Thanksgiving dinner and into her life, his passion awakening Jo’s yearning for art and love. At The Breakers is a deeply felt and beautifully written novel about forgiveness and reconciliation. In Jo’s words, she is “trying to find the right way to live” as a long-suffering woman who is put through the fire and emerges with a chance at a full, rich life for herself and her children, if only she has the faith to take it.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Part One: September
  2. pp. 1-51
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  1. Part Two: November
  2. pp. 53-115
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  1. Part Three: November & December
  2. pp. 117-174
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  1. Part Four: Christmas Week
  2. pp. 175-228
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  1. Part Five: January
  2. pp. 229-259
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  1. Part Six: Late January
  2. pp. 261-309
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  1. Part Seven: January 28
  2. pp. 311-338
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 339
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813173382
Related ISBN
9780813125428
MARC Record
OCLC
835416830
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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