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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Diamant Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Anita Diamant's international bestseller The Red Tent brilliantly re-created the ancient world of womanhood. Diamant brings her remarkable storytelling skills to Good Harbor -- offering insight to the precarious balance of marriage and career, motherhood and friendship in the world of modern women.


The seaside town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is a place where the smell of the ocean lingers in the air and the rocky coast glistens in the Atlantic sunshine. When longtime Gloucester-resident Kathleen Levine is diagnosed with breast cancer, her life is thrown into turmoil. Frightened and burdened by secrets, she meets Joyce Tabachnik -- a freelance writer with literary aspirations -- and a once-in-a-lifetime friendship is born. Joyce has just bought a small house in Gloucester, where she hopes to write as well as vacation with her family. Like Kathleen, Joyce is at a fragile place in her life.

A mutual love for books, humor, and the beauty of the natural world brings the two women together. They share their personal histories, and help each other to confront scars left by old emotional wounds.

With her own trademark wisdom and humor, Diamant considers the nature, strength, and necessity of adult female friendship. Good Harbor examines the tragedy of loss, the insidious nature of family secrets, as well as the redemptive power of friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ Graceful and entertaining.” 

    Toronto Sun

  • “If you’re missing a close friend or a friendship, Good Harbor strikes a chord.” 

    USA Today

  • “A moving story…with carefully drawn characters and fluid, matter-of-fact prose.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Kathleen’s ordeal with cancer, especially radiation treatment, rings true, and her honest, compassionate friendship with Joyce, who is doubting her own marriage and her ability to write, will touch readers as they recognize these women’s frailties and strengths.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meg | 2/11/2014

    " Ahhh Gloucester... And girls..l mean women...new friends and Jewishness and the search for meaning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pat Brazel | 1/27/2014

    " I have read other Anita Diamant books that were awesome, this one was a hard read! Very disappointed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carine | 1/25/2014

    " Two women make a connection and share their problems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Thing Two | 1/15/2014

    " It is difficult for me to review this book; Diamant's The Red Tent is one of my favorites. This one paled in comparison. I don't know if this is because it's a much inferior piece of writing, or if my expectations were higher because of the previous work, or if I've come to expect more from a novel. Whichever, I would only recommend this book as "light" reading to women only, and only those who are looking to be entertained, but not "wow"ed. "

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