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Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts, has anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the US Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls—teenagers Helen and Dossie—run wild while their only brother, Charlie, goes off to train for war. The children’s Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short.

An unforgettable portrait of one family’s journey through the second half of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Graver’s The End of the Point artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One place and one family are inextricably linked in this marvelous novel. Elizabeth Graver writes with a painter’s attentiveness to detail, and creates from these particulars a vivid rendering of American life from 1942 to the century’s end.”

    Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author

  • The End of the Point is intimate and rich and compelling, a sprawling saga that evokes both the wildness and fragility of the New England coast.”

    Stewart O’Nan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Is it possible for a novel to be at once cunning and magnificent, epic and compressed, topical and timeless? Yes, yes, yes, in the case of Elizabeth Graver’s gorgeous The End of the Point.”

    Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Eloquent…Graver’s engaging, expansive storytelling allows us to take up residence inside the minds of a host of different characters, watching as they create their own pictures of the world around them, as they invest certain places and people with mythic significance.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “With her fourth and most emotionally textured novel, Graver proves herself a master chronicler of the ever-spiraling human comedy. The End of the Point is a work of uncommon gracefulness, as much in its boundless empathy as in the luminosity of its prose.”

    Boston Globe

  • “With a style and voice reminiscent of William Trevor and Graham Swift, Graver’s powerfully evocative portrait of a family strained by events both large and small celebrates the indelible influence certain places can exert over the people who love them.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A lovely family portrait: elegiac yet contemporary, formal yet intimate…Helen and Charlie’s difficult but enduring mother-son relationship is particularly moving, but every character is given his/her emotional due.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Moves fluidly across time, all on this same beloved piece of land…Graver is incredibly good at evoking past, present, and future, and the ways in which they intersect…Graver’s gifts—her control of time, her ability to evoke place and define character—are immense.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An excellent choice for book clubs.”

    Library Journal

  • “In this globalized age, with everyone talking about migration, here comes Elizabeth Graver to remind us of just what place can mean. The attachment in this gorgeously written, enormously moving book transcends time and personality. It is deep, extraordinarily ordinary, and finally provocative.”

    Gish Jen, author of World and Town

  • “Elizabeth Graver is an uncommonly fine writer: dancingly in command of language yet always, foremost, faithful to something quieter and more essential—call it the complexities of truth. The ambitious scope of her new novel is beautifully matched by her largeness of spirit. I would read anything this author writes.”

    Leah Hager Cohen, author of The Grief of Others

  • “This absorbing novel spans half a century and deals with war, love, illness, frustration, ambition, politics—and most particularly with place and its meaning…[I] was embedded in The End of the Point—not so much reading it as living it: a deep and singular experience.”

    Edith Pearlman, author of Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories

  • “An engrossing and intimate portrait of a New England family and the patch of land that gives them solace, generation after generation, when other people cannot. Graver’s writing is simply stunning on every page, and she has gone deep under the skin of these characters to create this magnificent novel.”

    Lily King, author of Father of the Rain

  • Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
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About the Author

Elizabeth Graver is the author of the novels Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling; her short story collection Have You Seen Me? won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She is the mother of two daughters and teaches English and creative writing at Boston College.