A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family's Long Island summer from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares, author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Read more...
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A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family's Long Island summer from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares, author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.
"A gorgeously written novel on love, loss and family." --NICOLA YOON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they've shared almost everything--reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they've never met.
Sasha's dad was once married to Ray's mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families--and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.
The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.
★ "Masterful. "--PW, starred review
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Brashares (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series) traces the tangled threads that connect two households in this moving novel set in and around New York City. Before Rays parents met, his mother was married to a man named Robert. That marriage ended in a bitter divorce, but one good thing came out of it: Rays older half- sisters, Emma, Mattie, and Quinn. Remarried, Robert has another daughter Rays age, Sasha, whom Ray has never met. Ray often wonders about Sasha when he stays at the Hamptons summer house both families share; he and Sasha stay in the same bedroom during the weeks their respective families are there. Then one eventful summer when Emma gets engaged and Mattie discovers a buried family secret, Ray finally meets Sasha and theres an instant mutual attraction. Both funny and tragic, this sharply observed drama recognizes the complexity of split families trying to heal and the ill effects of longstanding grudges. Brasharess masterful orchestration of plot, multidimensional characters, and intriguing subplots will delight her fans and newcomers alike. Ages 14up. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor. (Apr.)