A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman Setting & Symbolism

Joan Anderson
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Nyack, New York

Joan and her husband had a house in Nyack, New York, which they sold at the beginning of the book.

Cape Cod Cottage

Joan decided to spend a year alone in her family's vacation cottage at Cape Cod in New England. Her husband ended up also moving in with her there.

Seal Island

One of Joan's first new experiences in her year by the sea was when she went out to spend a day alone on an island covered with seals. Eventually, Joan was willing to share this special place with her husband.

Larry's PX

Larry's PX was a fishermen's hangout, where many fishermen came to eat breakfast before a day of hard work.

Ebb Tide

Ebb tide is the phase of tide between high and low tide, a stagnant time when the water is neither rising nor falling. Joan compared a transitory time in...

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