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Summer Island : a novel
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Published:
New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2010.
Format:
Book
Edition:
Ballantine Books Trade pbk. ed.
Physical Desc:
427 pages ; 21 cm.
Status:
Hermitage - Adult Fiction
Fiction Hannah
Description
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. "[Kristin] Hannah is superb at delving into the characters' psyches and delineating nuances of feeling."-- Washington Post Book World 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.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780345483447 (trade pbk.), 0345483448 (trade pbk.)

Notes

General Note
Originally published: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001.
General Note
Includes reader's guide (p. [393]-403) and preview of the author's "Magic hour" (p. [407]-427)
Description
When Nora Bridge left her husband and her two daughters 10 years ago, she took the only route she could see, and assumed she still had her daughters' love. Now, though she is distant from her own daughters, Nora is the hostess of a radio advice show, where she advises listeners that "family comes first." When a scandal breaks and Nora hits rock bottom, she finds she has to rely on the two people she has betrayed most deeply: her daughters, Ruby and Caroline. As an aspiring and failing comedian, Ruby's life in Los Angeles has shrunk into a directionless morass. She says when she dismisses superstition, "As if she needed magic to tell her that she was stuck in the spin cycle of her life." Though neither she nor Caroline are inclined to help their mother, Ruby finally agrees when a magazine offers to pay her for a tell-all expose.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Hannah, K. (2010). Summer Island: a novel. Ballantine Books Trade pbk. ed. New York: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Hannah, Kristin. 2010. Summer Island: A Novel. New York: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Hannah, Kristin, Summer Island: A Novel. New York: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2010.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Hannah, Kristin. Summer Island: A Novel. Ballantine Books Trade pbk. ed. New York: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2010. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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