The Sisters From Hardscrabble Bay

The Sisters From Hardscrabble Bay

Book - 2010
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A tale of two sisters over seventy years that recovers the vibrant and unforgettable voice of Beverly Jensen

In 1916, Idella and Avis Hillock live on the edge of a chilly bluff in New Brunswick-a hardscrabble world of potato farms and lobster traps, rough men, hard work, and baffling beauty. From "Gone," the heartbreaking story of their mother's medical crisis in childbirth, to the darkly comic "Wake," which follows the grown siblings' catastrophic efforts to escort their father, "Wild Bill" Hillock's body to his funeral, the stories of Idella and Avis offer a compelling and wry vision of two remarkable women. The vivid cast includes Idella's philandering husband Edward, her bewilderingly difficult mother-in-law- and Avis, whose serial romantic disasters never quell her irrepressible spirit. Jensen's work evokes a time gone by and reads like an instant American classic.

Beverly Jensen died of cancer at the age of forty-nine without publishing her work. Since her death, her fiction has been championed by a dedicated group of supporters, including Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2010.
ISBN: 9780670021666
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,24 cm.


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May 29, 2012

Wonderful book with humour & pathos dealing with two sister and their personalities and the twist and turns in their lives - one of the chapter won a Canadian short story award and even though part of the book it can stand alone - I was disappointed when the book finished and realised there wld be no more from this talented author who had died. It has the same quality as the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society mixed with the harshness of a hard environ

have2be Dec 03, 2011

Shelley, New York, NY

Sisters of Hardscrabble Bay is a beautiful story of two sisters Idella and Avis. It takes us from their tough childhood in Canada up to Maine. Their lives are displayed so beautifully you can almost feel yourself on the journey, spanning 7 decades. Humor, love, pain, sadness, adventure, and always unexpected twists along the way. It will surely go down as one of my favorites. It is so great that it was published after the death of Beverly Jenson. A true gift to the literary world.

Mary43 Oct 17, 2011

Without a doubt, one of my favorite books. I will be thinking about the sisters, and this family for a long, long time. I am so very glad the effort was made to get this book published.


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Jan 18, 2011

The story is mainly about two sisters. This book is like a short story collection, mostly about the sisters. There are very tragic elements, the first being that their mother dies in childbirth. The stories are tragic and funny. The dialgue is especially funny.

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