Fellowship Point is a long, contemplative book that touches
on many themes – feminism, friendship, philosophy, aging, love, and land
ownership. More than that, however, it’s
a touching character study that illuminates the beauty of a friendship between
two women who often couldn’t be more different from each other growing old side
by side. I couldn’t put down this tale of forthright,
opinionated spinster Agnes with her hidden heart of gold and
equilibrium-seeking Polly whose deference and willingness to put her family’s
needs ahead of her own belies an inner backbone and intelligence that often is
a surprise even to her.
In Dark’s hands, Agnes and Polly’s beloved Maine comes vividly to life, and provides a setting rife with both fond and dark memories for the pair of octogenarians to reflect upon. I loved this story and the unique perspective of these women who are not ready to be pushed aside, even though society and their families both are hard at work trying to minimize them as they age. The slow unveiling of Agnes’s secrets keeps the pages turning, but arguably the best thing about Fellowship Point is the thoughtful depiction of a lifelong friendship between women who know each other often better than they know themselves.