Maine isn't a pushover; the state has character and gumption. That's why I love it. J. Courtney Sullivan evidently does, too, for she's located her new novel in Cape Neddick, near Ogunquit, where the Kelleher family has owned a piece of land (won on a bet) since 1945. Here the 83-year-old matriarch, Alice, spends summers, irritably and sometimes competitively baby-sat by one branch or another of her fractious brood.
"Sullivan has come up with an interesting hybrid --- a traditional family saga inflected by 21st-century feminism and warmed by obvious fondness for her characters...."
Alice is the firs