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The End of the Point - A Novel

Elizabeth Graver

A place out of time, Ashaunt Point-a tiny finger of land jutting into Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts-has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls-teenagers Helen and Dossie-run wild. The children's Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short and haunts the family for years to come. As the decades pass, Helen and then her son Charlie return to the Point, seeking refuge from the chaos of rapidly changing times. But Ashaunt is not entirely removed from events unfolding beyond its borders. Neither Charlie nor his mother can escape the long shadow of history-Vietnam, the bitterly disputed real estate development of the Point, economic misfortune, illness, and tragedy. An unforgettable portrait of one family's journey through the second half of the twentieth century, 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. With subtlety and grace, Elizabeth Graver illuminates the powerful legacy of family and place, exploring what we are born into, what we pass down, preserve, cast off or willingly set free.

A place out of time, Ashaunt Point-a tiny finger of land jutting into Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts-has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls-teenagers Helen and Dossie-run wild. The children's Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short and haunts the family for years to come. As the decades pass, Helen and then her son Charlie return to the Point, seeking refuge from the chaos of rapidly changing times. But Ashaunt is not entirely removed from events unfolding beyond its borders. Neither Charlie nor his mother can escape the long shadow of history-Vietnam, the bitterly disputed real estate development of the Point, economic misfortune, illness, and tragedy. An unforgettable portrait of one family's journey through the second half of the twentieth century, 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. With subtlety and grace, Elizabeth Graver illuminates the powerful legacy of family and place, exploring what we are born into, what we pass down, preserve, cast off or willingly set free.
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A place out of time, Ashaunt Point-a tiny finger of land jutting into Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts-has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls-teenagers Helen and Dossie-run wild. The children's Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short and haunts the family for years to come. As the decades pass, Helen and then her son Charlie return to the Point, seeking refuge from the chaos of rapidly changing times. But Ashaunt is not entirely removed from events unfolding beyond its borders. Neither Charlie nor his mother can escape the long shadow of history-Vietnam, the bitterly disputed real estate development of the Point, economic misfortune, illness, and tragedy. An unforgettable portrait of one family's journey through the second half of the twentieth century, 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. With subtlety and grace, Elizabeth Graver illuminates the powerful legacy of family and place, exploring what we are born into, what we pass down, preserve, cast off or willingly set free.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Hillary Huber

Length:

13h 6m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

07:13


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

11:45


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

07:56


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

03:22


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

17:35


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

12:11


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

14:19


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

25:48


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

19:44


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

24:31


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

17:56


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

11:14


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

07:27


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

18:30


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

13:13


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

08:27


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

29:58


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

03:15


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

24:07


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

39:26


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

27:01


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

27:52


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

17:53


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

22:17


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

20:16


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

10:25


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

07:34


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

50:27


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

21:16


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

01:30


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

21:09


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

44:27


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

11:41


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

10:25


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

35:43


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

26:28


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

28:25


Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 3

12:15


Part 4, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 4

21:43


Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 5

12:59


Part 4, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6

14:51


Part 4, Chapter 7
Part 4, Chapter 7

08:34


Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 4, Chapter 8

12:52


Part 4, Chapter 9
Part 4, Chapter 9

00:39