Summer Island: A Novel

Summer Island: A Novel Author Kristin Hannah
ISBN-10 0345483448
ISBN-13 9780345483447
Year 2004-11-02
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The author of the cherished bestseller On Mystic Lake returns with a poignant funny luminous novel about a mother and daughter the complex ties that bind them the past that separates them and the healing that comes with forgiveness Years ago Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind She has since become a famous radio talk show host and newspaper columnist beloved for her moral advice Her youngest daughter Ruby is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter cynical humor When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora s past their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell all about her mother Under false pretenses Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn t spoken to for almost a decade Nora insists they retreat to Summer Island in the San Juans to the lovely old house on the water where Ruby grew up a place filled with childhood memories of love and joy and belonging There Ruby is also reunited with her first love and his brother Once the three of them had been best friends inseparable Until the summer that Nora had left and everyone s hearts had been broken What began as an expose evolves as Ruby writes into an exploration of her family s past Nora is not the woman Ruby has hated all these years Witty wise and vulnerable she is desperate to reconcile with her daughter As the magazine deadline draws near and Ruby finishes what has begun to seem to her an act of brutal betrayal she is forced to grow up and at last to look at her mother and herself through the eyes of a woman And she must finally allow herself to love Summer Island is a beautiful novel funny tender sad and ultimately triumphant From the Hardcover edition

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