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The Country of the
Pointed Firs

Part of The Art of the Novella

The story of an endearing, unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of a remote and beautiful Maine coastal town, The Country of Pointed Firs is one of Sarah Orne Jewett’s most loved works, and it quickly earned her a reputation as a talented writer upon its publication. Praised by Alice Brown for its “idyllic atmosphere of country life,” Jewett’s moving novel shows her intimate understanding of New England and its unique inhabitants, whose prickly exteriors often concealed a warm and loyal nature.

SARAH ORNE JEWETT grew up in South Berwick, Maine, near the border of New Hampshire, in Jewett’s day a declining New England seaport, where she set most of her fiction.

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