The Country of the Pointed Firs

The Country of the Pointed Firs

And, the Dunnet Landing Stories

Large Print - 2011
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The highlight of Sarah Orne Jewett's career was The Country of the Pointed Firs, a tightly crafted narrative of a summer visit to a small town on the coast of Maine. The narrator is a writer who comes to the fictional town of Dunnet Landing in search of solitude but instead finds herself drawn into the town's rhythms. She's adopted into a loose-knit group of women who tell stories about the town and the eople who inhabit it.

The Dunnet Landing stories consist of The Queen's Twin, A Dunnet Shepherdess, The Foreigner, and William's Wedding. Each of these stories feature the beloved characters of Jewett's masterpiece, The Country of the Pointed Firs.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781602859982
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jew
Description: 302 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Dunnet Landing stories


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Nov 09, 2011

A quiet, peaceful read, The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett conveys both a timeless quality and a feel of yesterday. Exploring the value women place in the friendship of other women, along with the strong community ties that existed in rural regions, this short read is one to savour.

A young woman writer spends her summer in the small coastal Maine town of Dunnet Landing. She develops a friendship with her landlady, Mrs. Todd, and through her meets other women of the area. These women tell stories of both the inhabitants of Dunnet and the surrounding islands, and their vivid descriptions of both people and places naturally includes the beauty and ruggedness of the country.

There is no direct plot, instead the book consists of the weaving together of these stories. These reminiscences tell of a simple world with straight forward values that encourage the reader to dream of their own yesterdays. Originally published in 1896, this book still resonates with spiritual quality and merit in our busy lives today.


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