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The End of the Point

by Elizabeth Graver

The End of the Point
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2013, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2014, 368 pages

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Spanning several decades and several generations, Elizabeth Graver's The End of the Point is a novel pulled together by a strong and unifying sense of place.

Some novels are propelled by a breakneck plot or suspenseful narrative; others are driven by character development. Still others, like Elizabeth Graver's The End of the Point, are pulled together by a strong and unifying sense of place. In this case, the place is Ashaunt Point on Massachusetts's Buzzards Bay, where the Porter family has summered for generations. At times, in fact, it seems as if the Porters have little to hold them together beyond this point of land, the place where they can be most at peace, most themselves.

Graver's novel spans several decades of the twentieth century and several generations of the Porter family. It opens (following a brief historical vignette in which the original Native Americans sign their land over to the colonists for a pittance) in 1942, at a time when American troops have (unofficially of course) been stationed on the point, patrolling the ...

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