|Summer Reading (2007) [Novel]|
by Hilma Wolitzer
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(From the publisher):
Can reading change your life? Summer in the Hamptons means crowded beaches during the day and lavish parties in the evening, but Angela Graves, a retired English professor, prefers the company of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Charlotte Bronte. Her only steady social contacts are the women in the reading groups she leads, among them Lissy Snyder, a beautiful, wealthy newlywed who hosts the twice-monthly meetings of the Page Turners and takes pains to hide a reading disability and her emotional neediness. Hamptons local Michelle Cutty, Lissy's housecleaner, eavesdrops on the group's book discussions, and gossip, when she's not snooping throught Lissy's closets.
All three women secretly struggle with troubling personal issues that threaten the tenuous balance of their lives: Lissy, abandoned by her father in childhood, is now the unwilling stepmother of her husband's hostile children; Michelle, resentful of the moneyed arrogance of the jet-setting, seasonal "invaders", can't secure a commitment from her fisherman boyfriend; and solitary, bookish Angela still bears the shameful memory of a disastrous love affair that took place long ago.
As Angela encourages the Page Turners to identify with the literary heroines of Trollope and Flaubert, the books, in fact, the act of reading itself, will influence the tough choices the women must make.
Original title: Summer Reading
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Women's Fiction
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Books, Scholars, And Librarians