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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (38 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: October 2001 ISBN: 9780743553742
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/6/2014

    " I love, love, loved her first novel, The Red Tent, so I think my expectations were a bit unfair as I started this read.....it just didn't do it for me, like she took on too many issues facing middle aged educated married women in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/4/2014

    " It was an interesting read, definitely not her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 12/26/2013

    " Good story about women and friendship. Not as good as The Red Tent but worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandie | 10/14/2013

    " 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 9/30/2013

    " Strong first half, faded fast. Too dang bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marika | 9/17/2013

    " Great story about 2 best friends: Joyce and Katherine and their struggles with breast cancer, death of a 3-year-old child, marriage and children issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 7/10/2013

    " It was perfect timing to read this book in my life. Very very different than The Red Tent, but it's always fun to read a book about a place you know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsey | 4/21/2013

    " Explores friendship of 2 midlife women as life unfolds. Well done beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Slabach | 12/18/2012

    " Enjoyed this one-she is a wonderful author and you only have to skim over a touch of her work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie Elwood | 7/31/2012

    " I enjoyed the pace of this book - it sort of meandered its way through the plot. There were a few cliches, but the characters were well-defined and very real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Posey | 7/13/2012

    " Good read, but doesn't come even close to "The Red Tent." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Lynch | 6/8/2012

    " Enjoyed this once i'd got past the beginning when I thought it was going to be like a Maeve Binchy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beatrice | 4/5/2012

    " Great friendship story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 3/15/2012

    " Great writing and quick read. I recognized lots of the places in the book which always makes it more enjoyable. This would make an excellent book club book for almost any women's book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/3/2012

    " A nice book about the importance of friends "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 1/21/2012

    " yargh, loved Red Tent so much, this was so blah. Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2011

    " Liked it overall, but at the end I wasn't attached to the characters. This is really a book that focuses on the relationships of the two main characters, so I expected that I would connect with them. Not so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/7/2011

    " I quite enjoyed this book. An easy read and interesting to witness the developing relationship between two women and how they rely on each other to cope with the challenges in their lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mikkee | 11/4/2011

    " I was disappointed after reading the Red Tent. It didn't keep me interested, and I had some more disagreements that were depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meire | 6/21/2011

    " light and fun! I like her writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne | 6/12/2011

    " I love, love, loved her first novel, The Red Tent, so I think my expectations were a bit unfair as I started this read.....it just didn't do it for me, like she took on too many issues facing middle aged educated married women in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/28/2011

    " Just a little story, not too cerebral or violent. Good "in between" book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariagriffiths66 | 5/8/2011

    " This book was fine for what it was a light story of friendship. However I enjoyed the Red Tent a great deal more. I thought this story just fizzled out and that annoyed me slightly! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pashmina | 4/18/2011

    " Very short, sweet and touching but it lacked the depth of The Red Tent. I was hoping for a deeper, fuller and perhaps more intricate narrative of the friendship between the two women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/17/2011

    " I enjoyed this story of a 55 year old with breast cancer and a 42 year old with a 12 year old daughter who become friends and weather their problems together. I'll try more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mew | 4/8/2011

    " A bit predictably worthy in places - I'm not sure I was moved where I was supposed to be moved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/13/2011

    " A quick easy read, but a real pleasure. The main charcters were well developed and easy to relate to. A story of friendship and womens lives that is both interesting and believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/18/2011

    " Not as good as The Red Tent, but still not horrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 1/12/2011

    " I loved this novel's understanding of middle-aged life: friendship and taking what comes with grace and strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/8/2011

    " ho hum compared to the red tent... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/8/2011

    " I enjoyed the book. It reminded me of the importance of having good friends and making time for those one-on-one conversations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/4/2011

    " I really liked this book. It was hard to put down. This is the first Anita Diamant book I have read; I will be reading more of her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2011

    " Felt it was trite and superficial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/11/2010

    " Good story about the friendship that grows between two women as they walk along the harbor together, sharing their respective life stories and issues. "

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About the Author
Author Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant is the author of The Red Tent, a word-of-mouth bestseller and the Booksense Best Fiction selection. She is also the author of the novels Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown and Day After Night, a collection of essays, Pitching My Tent, as well as six books about contemporary Jewish life, including The New Jewish Wedding and Choosing a Jewish Life: A Guidebook for People Converting to Judaism. Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and Denver, Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband. 

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.