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The masterful story of a lifelong friendship between two very different women with shared histories and buried secrets, tested in the twilight of their lives, set across the arc of the 20th century.

Celebrated children’s book author Agnes Lee is determined to secure her legacy—to complete what she knows will be the final volume of her pseudonymously written Franklin Square novels; and even more consuming, to permanently protect the peninsula of majestic coast in Maine known as Fellowship Point. To donate the land to a trust, Agnes must convince shareholders to dissolve a generations-old partnership. And one of those shareholders is her best friend, Polly.

Polly Wister has led a different kind of life than Agnes: that of a well-off married woman with children, defined by her devotion to her husband, and philosophy professor with an inflated sense of stature. She exalts in creating beauty and harmony in her home, in her friendships, and in her family. Polly soon finds her loyalties torn between the wishes of her best friend and the wishes of her three sons—but what is it that Polly wants herself?

Agnes’s designs are further muddied when an enterprising young book editor named Maud Silver sets out to convince Agnes to write her memoirs. Agnes’s resistance cannot prevent long-buried memories and secrets from coming to light with far-reaching repercussions for all.

Fellowship Point unfolds like a classic 19th-century novel in its beautifully woven, multilayered narrative, but it is entirely contemporary in the themes it explores; a deep and empathic interest in women’s lives, the class differences that divided us, the struggle to protect the natural world, and, above all, a reckoning with intimacy, history, and posterity. It is a masterwork from Alice Elliott Dark.

©2022 Alice Elliott Dark. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN YEARS!

From the first page to the last, I was was glued to my phone. So beautifully written, with fascinating, realistic characters, played out in beautiful Maine, and Main Line And Downtown Philadelphia. And as usual, Cassandra Campbell did not disappoint in her narration. I would recommend this book to everyone. I know I will reread it, in the near future.

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A complete waste of time

There is no story here, just ramblings about wealthy Philadelphians and their residences in Maine. I wonder how the book got published.
It’s boring and pretty much pointless.
This is normally my kind of book. I don’t need a mystery or a thriller. But there is no there there here.

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Slow and uneventful

This is the first time I haven’t finished a book. Not enough Maine- could have been set anywhere. No apparent love of the state’s beauty. Not enough interaction between the characters. As the narration changes pov. The reader has to imagine what the other characters might be thinking or feeling.

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Very slow paced and annoying to a degree. For those who like this genre it will be fine.

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Must read

This book captured me from the very beginning. The author does an amazing job of character development. The switch between past and present is obvious and not confusing. It was delightful from beginning to end.

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Very long book without much action. It got too boring to finish. Narrator was good, however.

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A great start, but it lost me!

I was excited to listen to this book, having read a glowing review in the NY Times Book Review. About half-way through, I realized I was avoiding listening. I was just plain bored. I think there were too many less than interesting characters, and the book is quite long. I have no issue with a good story that's also lengthy, but this did not fit that bill. I finally gave up and will certainly not recommend the book to anyone else. And please, find a better name than "The Sanc." That just annoyed the heck out of me.

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Wonderful!

What a powerful and amazing book!
The characters feel like friends now.
The lifelong friendship between Agnes and Polly is poignant and beautiful… like Fellowship Point!

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A typical and non typical ending

Spoil Alert/

Typical: The land is returned to the indigenous people who originally migrated from Africa like Europeans.
Native Americas are better than Europeans.

Non-Typical: Two older women are heroes with complex lives, and a deep friendship is the love of their lives.

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The Reader Made Me Buy the Book!

I've never been so annoyed with a reader of the many books I've listened to via Audible. Cassandra Campbell's irritating sing song delivery made me so uncomfortable , I finally gave up and bought the book. Proof of how much I enjoyed the actual novel is that added another $30 to what I'd already paid to Audible.
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