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The Resource The book of summer : a novel, Michelle Gable

The book of summer : a novel, Michelle Gable

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The book of summer : a novel
Title
The book of summer
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Michelle Gable
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she's purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home's definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess's grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother's words in ways she never contemplated. The bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and I'll See You in Paris, Michelle Gable now transports readers to Nantucket"--
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Review
  • Bess returns to Cliff House, her family’s summer home for four generations, to extract her mother before the house slips off its Nantucket bluff into the North Atlantic, victim to the passage of time and the ravages of weather and erosion. The Cliff House guest book, filled with letter-style narratives rather than simple names and dates, illuminates the near-century of lives it has sheltered. As Bess tries to protect her mother and save her family’s memories and heirlooms, she also grapples with the end of her four-year marriage. Coming home is a comfort and a distraction, as are the denizens of Nantucket, including Bess’s high-school love. Told through contemporary narrative interspersed with transcribed entries from the guest book and local news stories, the story of a family and its triumphs, tragedies, and secrets unfolds, drawing the reader into Cliff House from the 1920s to 2013. A sure bet for women’s-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels. -- Moroni, Alene (Reviewed 3/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 13, p49)
  • Gable weaves a tale of generations of women who have come back to the comfort of their home in Sconset, Nantucket, time and time again. On the cusp of a difficult divorce, physician Bess Codman returns to Sconset to visit her mother, Cissy, at Cliff House, their family home on the bluff overlooking the sea. While Cissy is determined to get local government to approve erosion prevention methods. Bess struggles with her impending divorce, unplanned pregnancy, and newly awakened feelings for her high school boyfriend, Evan Mahew. Interspersed with present-day events are the musings of the past from the Book of Summer, a book started by Sarah Young, one of the first residents of Cliff House in 1914. She asked family and friends alike to memorialize their stay at the summer home with pictures or tales of their visit. Entries in the book are highlighted throughout the novel, revealing the difficulties faced by other residents, most notably Bess’s beloved grandmother Ruby, who lived in the home during World War II. Gable cleverly illuminates the past, revealing how it mirrors the present. This is a splendid multigenerational novel about the strength of the women of Cliff House. 100,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/27/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 13, p)
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10562238
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Gable, Michelle
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.A237
LC item number
B66 2017
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Women
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Nantucket Island (Mass.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The book of summer : a novel, Michelle Gable
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9781250070623
Lccn
2017001070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 957021771
  • (OCoLC)957021771
Label
The book of summer : a novel, Michelle Gable
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
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages
Isbn
9781250070623
Lccn
2017001070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 957021771
  • (OCoLC)957021771

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