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The Resource Here's to us : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand

Here's to us : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand

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Here's to us : a novel
Title
Here's to us
Title remainder
a novel
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Elin Hilderbrand
Title variation
Here is to us
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Celebrity chef Deacon Rowe is struggling with addiction, depression and not one, but two scandals. As summer nears, he travels to the idyllic Eastern bluff of Nantucket, where he takes his own life. In the shocking wake of Deacon's suicide, his first wife and childhood sweetheart, Laurel Rowe, sets out to gather Deacon's far-flung family--including Deacon and Laurel's son, and Deacon's other ex-wives and children--on the island. Secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man they loved
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  • In Hilderbrand’s latest outing, three wives (two former, one current) and their children gather to mourn and celebrate the life of the man they all loved at the island home they shared with him. Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe lived passionately, on a quest to re-create the feeling of a single perfect day spent with his father when he was 13 years old. That memory centered on Nantucket, where he celebrated his earliest success by buying a cottage and building years of memories with his family. Nearly 30 years later, each of them changed by their relationship with him, his wives (high-school sweetheart, award-winning actress, former nanny) address their rivalries while their children (travel writer and heroin addict, brilliant young chef, nine-year-old princess) grieve. Deacon’s best friend, manager, and executor has learned that the money is gone and the house is in arrears. No one wants to lose it, and only one of them has the resources to save it. Ideal for new and old fans, those who enjoy tales of rarefied angst, and beachgoers. -- Moroni, Alene (Reviewed 6/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 19, p41)
  • After celebrity chef Deacon Rowe commits suicide on Nantucket, his childhood sweetheart and first wife rounds up Deacon's other ex-wives and all his children for a final good-bye (and some personal reckoning) on the beautiful island. With a 250,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed February 1, 2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 2, p51)
  • A celebrity chef's sudden death leaves his widow, exes, children, and best friend in a quandary. And since this is a Hilderbrand novel, is there any doubt that the dilemma involves Nantucket real estate? A somewhat dilapidated (or at least, dated) and decidedly downscale beachfront cottage known as American Paradise serves as plot driver and central symbol. As his success grew, Chef Deacon Thorpe bought the house with his first wife, Laurel, as a repository of happy memories for his son, Hayes—the kind that Deacon himself had been denied. (He had one idyllic day on Nantucket with his own father, who then mysteriously and permanently disappeared.) Deacon and Laurel never wanted to upgrade the house, and there are still reminders of earlier inhabitants, including a ghost supposedly occupying the smallest attic room. Now, Deacon has died (on the cottage's back deck, of a coronary), leaving nothing but debt. American Paradise is facing foreclosure due to the three mortgages Deacon took out, unbeknownst to his family. Surprisingly, or perhaps not given Deacon's (and Hilderbrand's) sense of humor, he has left the place to his three spouses, current and former—Laurel, Belinda, the movie star he left her for, and official widow Scarlett, the Southern belle who was the nanny for his and Belinda's adopted daughter, Angie. Best friend Buck, Deacon's long-suffering fiduciary, has called the wives and children to American Paradise to scatter Deacon's ashes and—a duty Buck has been dreading—read the will. Each member of this unique blended family has a say, as they squabble over turf and mull over their past and ongoing missteps, loves, and addictions. Angie, a talented chef in her own right, prepares lavish meals (rendered in mouthwatering detail, including recipes). The question looms—if Deacon's Nantucket legacy can't be shared, can it be saved? No one captures the flavor and experience of a summer place—the outdoor showers, the seafood, the sand in the floorboards—like Hilderbrand.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10484336
Cataloging source
GK8
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hilderbrand, Elin
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.I384355
LC item number
H47 2016
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Divorced women
  • Wives
  • Women
  • Cooks
  • Families
  • Suicide
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Nantucket Island (Mass.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Here's to us : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
410 pages
Isbn
9780316375146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 939558942
  • (OCoLC)939558942
Label
Here's to us : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
410 pages
Isbn
9780316375146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 939558942
  • (OCoLC)939558942

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