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Beach Plum Jam

Author: 

Patricia G. Buddenhagen

This is a deceptively simple story about a woman whose comfortable life is disrupted when an old childhood friend builds a vacation home in the beach community where she lives. But there's more under the surface. Even the protagonist recognizes that the disruption she feels may be entirely of her own making, and both the protagonist and the maybe-antagonist are sympathetic characters. The story made me think about how far childhood can reach into adulthood, and how hard it is to feel truly comfortable in your own skin.

Favorite Thing: 
The way the story puts the reader inside the protagonist's uncertainty about what is happening.
Beach Plum Jam book cover, a picture of a jar of beach plum jam.
Book Length: 
Shortest
Part of Series: 
Not part of a series
Stand Alone: 
Yes
Stickiness: 
Moderate
Disclosures: 
None