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Contentment Cove

Softcover, 212 pages, Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-934031-04-9

Availability: In stock


About this Book:

Miriam Colwell’s Contentment Cove – her fourth novel set in Maine and her first in more than five decades – is a riveting story of class distinctions in a 1950s Down East coastal village during a time of cultural change.

Meet Dot-Fran, Hilary, and Mina, three residents of a Maine coastal village in the 1950s. Dot-Fran, the youngest, is a native; she runs the town’s drug store. Hilary, middle-aged, is a worldly artist. The wealthy Mina and her husband retired to the town after being enchanted with its charm during a one-night visit. Their disparate lives become entwined and eventually clash tragically.

The story – which features recognizable “Maine” characters as well as those “from away” – takes place over only a matter of days one summer.

And while Maine-native Colwell infuses Contentment Cove with humor, it is nonetheless a novel that deals with serious issues that remain relevant today, none more compelling than the erosion of one way of Maine life and the evolution of another.

Contentment Cove

"Her insight into the minds of young people, especially, make me reminiscent of my own youth and cognizant of what a hard thing it is to be young."
—Cynthia Thayer, author of A Brief Lunacy 

"Nasty, funny, witty, biting, perceptive … The themes recall The Great Gatsby and the whole issue of class in America. A major theme is that the very rich or the moderately rich are different from you and me, that wealth and money inspire a certain kind of carelessness. Miriam has a definite eye to class gradations within that community."
—Burton Hatlen, National Poetry Foundation

Miriam Colwell

About this Author

Miriam Colwell was born in Prospect Harbor, Maine, in 1917 and lived for many years in the house built by her great-great-great grandfather in 1817. Along with Contentment Cove, Colwell wrote three other nove



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