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Judith

If I allow my brain to ponder this question for a while, I'm likely to come up with more titles, but...

One that comes to mind is A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams.

Another is not on the coast but on the shores of Lake Champlain, on the Vermont side. Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. I preferred this one, personally, as I thought it more layered and multi-faceted.

Perhaps I'll think of more,
Judith

Danielle

Thanks so much for the suggestions! I have actually read that Beatriz Williams novel. I liked it very much but you are right--it is sort of a nice, easy, beachy sort of read. I wonder what the settings for her other books are, now that you mention it! I wanted to read Bittersweet when it first came out, and I think now it is in paper finally so I will go take another look at it--I don't mind if it is not exactly on the coast--as long as it is by water! ;)

Amanda W

When I think beachy coming of age read I think of Along for the Ride and The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. If you aren't opposed to young adult fiction, these are gems. So well-written. Dessen really puts you in the middle of a North Carolina Beach town. And she is excellent at capturing that particular sweet and salty tension of adolescence and young adulthood.

Pat

Bonjour Tristesse, by Francoise Sagan...wonderful coming of age story, set in the south of France. Loved it.

iliana

Oh beachy reads can be so fun. Have you ever read Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man? It's set in the 50s and has a young protagonist coming of age. I read it a long time ago so I can't remember too many details but I know that I loved it. I think it's also in journal entries so I think that's something you would enjoy!

Danielle

I don't mind YA reads at all! As a matter of fact I have two sitting next to my bed waiting to be read, and just bought a further other two.... I know my library has a number of books by Dessen, so I will look them up tomorrow. Your description of her writing is quite tempting--thanks! :)

Danielle

Oh, I have an old copy of that and I even know just where it is! I have had it for ages and after reading the blurb of the story online, I am off to pull out my copy now to look at closer. And I seem to have a thing at the moment for French Lit, so how perfect. Thanks!

Danielle

Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my all-time favorite books, and I know I have Daisy Fay (though I am not exactly sure where it is at the moment...). I always have meant to read more of her so I will be digging around for my copy. And yes, bonus that the book is written with diary entries. I love epistolary novels.

Sharlene

It's not really the right coastal area but Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light is set in a coastal town of Haiti and told from the perspective of a young girl.

Caroline

All those wonderfull suggestions.
I bought Ferris Beach after yoyu suggested it. I love coming-of age stories, so I'm glad to see great suggestions.
I can't come up with any though.

Caroline

Oh no - typos again - wonderful not wonderfull.

Stefanie

Have you read Summer Sisters by Judy Blume? Adult not YA. About coming-of-age of two girls. They spend their summers at Martha's Vineyard.

Thomas Hogglestock

Not the seaside, but more like summer camp/vacation: The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman. Easily the best of her books and a delight to read.

Thomas Hogglestock

Putting the coming of age thing aside, The Magnificent Spinster by May Sarton is a delight with much of the book taking place on an island off the Maine coast.

Thomas Hogglestock

Collette's The Ripening Seed is a great story about young romance at the French seaside.

LizF

The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden is certainly a coming of age story and set in 1950's France. I seem to recall that it has time spent on the coast but I could be wrong. A lovely book anyway!

Danielle

Thanks so much. I have never read her but I have always meant to--the description of the book sounds really good, so on to my wishlist it goes!

Danielle

It's hard when you are put on the spot to come up with titles sometimes, which is why I always end up doing this--looking for fresh ideas! :) I picked up Ferris Beach thinking I would read it again, but it is nice to find new stories, too!

Danielle

No worries! Sometimes autocorrect just makes things worse. My typing is actually deplorable and I am always backspacing over words....

Danielle

I have never read any of Judy Blume's books for adults--I imagine she is just as good (I loved her books when I was little). That sounds like a perfect setting--must check it out!

Danielle

Man, Thomas, you and I think alike!! I just reread this one last Year. Actually I think it is the only Lipman book I have ever read--should really try some of her other novels.

Danielle

I love May Sarton--must read her Maine journal--what a perfect setting. I am not familiar with this one, but it sounds just as appealing as a coming of age story--so will be looking for it!

Danielle

Oh, yes. I read this and Loved it. It is definitely one to reread. I have most of her books--but this one is especially lovely, I think.

Danielle

It is a wonderful book--this is a setting I absolutely love, can you tell? I was actually thinking of her in terms of coming of age stories as I think some of her other books would fit nicely, even if they don't have exactly the setting I had in mind. The Battle of Villa Fiorita was in my hand as a matter of fact, jut a few days ago....

Danielle

Oh, am Finally Almost done with K. MacMahon's The Woman in the Picture--So good, I am going to pick up one of her other books next--have decided to read/reread all her books this year. Do you have any idea if she will be publishing something new this year? The Book Depository lists something, but 'untitled' and no description!

LizF

Haven't seen any information about a forthcoming book by Katherine MacMahon - everything I have seen has listed The Woman in the Picture as the most recent - sorry!
I have a copy of The Battle for the Villa Fiorita on my Rumer Godden shelf but not a clue where my copy of The Greengage Summer has sloped off to! Beginning to think I have got a literary gremlin in the house!
On the theme of books by the sea, I have just started May Sarton's The House by the Sea and am already deeply into house-envy!

Danielle

I should really not be so concerned if Katharine McMahon has a new book coming out, though I almost want her to continue Evelyn's story--I think I should finish The Woman in the Picture this weekend--the story has gotten quite good--I alternately don't want to put it down and not pick it up--as I want to prolong it but also b/c I have no idea how she is going to get out of the situation she is in. I mean Daniel is such a decent fellow and so much of the story centered on them both that I have come to like him almost more than Nicholas. Ha--imagine having that problem, though--two attractive (each in their own way) men in love with you. I am contemplating which of her books to read next. I have actually got almost all my Rumer Godden books sitting all together (I have been trying to gather books by the same author all together in one place, but that is an ongoing project and so very hit or miss at the moment since lots of books are just scattered). I keep wanting to pick up another of her books, but I make myself leave them in the pile. I loved Greengage Summer and that is one I would happily reread. I want to read that Sarton, too, and would be very tempted to join you, but I am not sure what I did with the book. I had started it a while back but then decided to wait, but where I put it (which pile or bookcase...) for safekeeping is anyone's guess!

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