cape ann, gloucester, the last days of dogtown

The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant

The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
My family spends quite a lot of time in Cape Ann here in Massachusetts, so when I stumbled upon this book at the Library by Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent, I thought why not?
Anita Diamant tells the stories of Gloucester’s rejects who have settled in Dogtown. To be honest, it took me a while to get into the flow of the book. The flow of time threw me for a bit and I wasn’t sure where the author was going. That being said, the characterization of these outcasts is unique and a good read. The way in which the characters grow old and what happens to Dogtown is powerful and sad. However, I think the novel only completely made sense to me when I researched more about Cape Ann. Without knowing more about the folklore and desertion of the real Dogtown, I think this novel lacks context and can leave you unsatisfied. Only 3 stars from me.

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