Good Harbor: A Novel

· Sold by Simon and Schuster
25 reviews

About this ebook

Anita Diamant, whose rich portrayal of the biblical world of women illuminated her acclaimed international bestseller The Red Tent, now crafts a moving novel of contemporary female friendship.

Good Harbor is the long stretch of Cape Ann beach where two women friends walk and talk, sharing their personal histories and learning life's lessons from each other. Kathleen Levine, a longtime resident of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is maternal and steady, a devoted children's librarian, a convert to Judaism, and mother to two grown sons. When her serene life is thrown into turmoil by a diagnosis of breast cancer at fifty-nine, painful past secrets emerge and she desperately needs a friend. Forty-two-year-old Joyce Tabachnik is a sharp-witted freelance writer who is also at a fragile point in her life. She's come to Gloucester to follow her literary aspirations, but realizes that her husband and young daughter are becoming increasingly distant. Together, Kathleen and Joyce forge a once-in-a-lifetime bond and help each other to confront scars left by old emotional wounds.
25 reviews
Third-party review
I was disappointed in this. I have loved Diamant's other novels but this one was lacking. It is the story of a friendship between two women, one suffering from breast cancer and the other dealing with a failing marriage and a difficult teen. Nothing original here.
Third-party review
A moving novel of female friendship and the challenges of love and family in the lives of ordinary women. A slow-paced but fluid text with believable characters who forge a strong bond over beach strolls and secrets.
Third-party review
Very interesting book. Picked it up as I enjoyed Red Tent tremendously. I think Red Tent was better, but i did enjoy how this story was written. And the plot line was good too - I didn't feel like I had to suffer through it.

About the author

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, and many others, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts. Visit her website at

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