Margreete's Harbor

Margreete's Harbor

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A literary novel set on the coast of Maine during the 1960s, tracing the life of a family and its matriarch as they negotiate sharing a home.

Margreete’s Harbor begins with a fire: a fiercely-independent, thrice-widowed woman living on her own in a rambling house near the Maine coast forgets a hot pan on the stovetop, and nearly burns her place down.

When Margreete Bright calls her daughter Liddie to confess, Liddie realizes that her mother can no longer live alone. She, her husband Harry, and their children Eva and Bernie move from a settled life in Michigan across the country to Margreete’s isolated home, and begin a new life.

Margreete’s Harbor tells the story of ten years in the history of a family: a novel of small moments, intimate betrayals, arrivals and disappearances that coincide with America during the late 1950s through the turbulent 1960s. Liddie, a professional cellist, struggles to find space for her music in a marriage that increasingly confines her; Harry’s critical approach to the growing war in Vietnam endangers his new position as a high school history teacher; Bernie and Eva begin to find their own identities as young adults; and Margreete slowly descends into a private world of memories, even as she comes to find a larger purpose in them.

Title:Margreete's Harbor
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250271549
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    Margreete's Harbor Reviews

  • Angela M

    This is one of those novels that I didn’t want to end. I fell in love with the characters and now I’ll be wondering where the rest of their lives will take take them and if they are happy. It’s ...

  • Diane S ?

    A story about a very special family, a mother, father, son and two daughters. This family is special though because they did something different. When Liddies mother burns up her kitchen and it become...

  • Liz

    Margreete’s Harbor follows a three generation family as they deal with the grandmother’s worsening dementia. After Margreete burns down her kitchen, her daughter Liddie moves her family back to Ma...

  • Elyse  Walters

    I didn’t gel well with “Margreete’s Harbor”. Unfortunately Eleanor Morse’s writing was not a great match for me. It started out promising, on the coast of Maine, beginning with a kitchen fir...

  • Karen

    Well, I’m sad this over.I haven’t had much time to read the past week but I’ve spent a little time with this family each day and looked forward to picking up where I left off.Margreete lives in ...

  • Paula

    I always take an interest in a book that is set in Maine. We vacation there a few times a year. Margreet’s Harbor takes place on the Coast of Maine which is truly one of the most gorgeous parts of N...

  • Esil

    This was an unexpected powerful story. Set in the 1950s and 60s, the story focuses on a family in a coastal town, Burnt Harbor, Maine. Liddie and her husband Henry return go live in Liddie's family ho...

  • Katie B

    3.5 starsThis book had some good moments here and there but it took me almost until the end before I started appreciating the story as a whole. So maybe not the best reading experience because I wasn'...

  • Holly R W

    "Margreete's Harbor" is a gently drawn, intimate picture of a family living in Maine in the 1950's - 1960's. The book opens with Margreete's setting her home on fire, due to her increasing confusion. ...

  • Carole

    Margreete’s Harbor by Eleanor Morse tells the story of ten years in the life of a family. Margreete, an elderly woman with decreasing faculties, almost burns down her house by accident. She does not...