Summer Island : a novel

by Hannah, Kristin.

Format: Print Book 2001
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The author of the cherished bestsellerOn Mystic Lakereturns 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 Islandis a beautiful novel, funny, tender, sad, and ultimately triumphant.
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Booklist Review: "When Ruby was 16, her mother, Nora, walked out on her family, and Ruby has never forgiven her. Nora has become a famous national advice guru based in Seattle, and when the press finds out about an affair she had while still married, her career is thrown into turmoil by the scandal. Ruby, an unemployed comedian, has a chance to make some money by writing an article about her now-famous mother, whom she hasn\qt spoken to in 10 years, and when Nora is injured in a car accident, Ruby breaks her silence and decides to take care of her mostly as an aid to her writing project. They hole up in their old family vacation home on Summer Island off the coast of Seattle and behave like boxers coming out to spar with one another and then retreating to their corners to wait for the second round of confrontations. Ruby starts working on her article as therapy to distract her from dealing with her mother, but as the two women become accustomed to each other, Ruby starts to remember the good times and learns that she didn\qt really know either of her parents well enough to judge them. Nora opens up and reveals that there were serious problems in her marriage before she left. Ruby also becomes more aware of herself and of all the problems in her life that have been caused by her reaction to her childhood. Hannah has written a wonderful mother/daughter story that highlights the individuality of each strong woman and shines hope on fractured relationships. --Patty Engelmann"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Second-chance love of a different stripeÄbetween mother and daughterÄis the focus of Hannah's (Angel Falls) overheated family drama. More than 10 years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her husband and two daughters. Now a wildly popular radio talk-show host and syndicated columnist, Nora offers inspirational advice that appeals to listeners' family values. What Nora's fans don't know is that her youngest daughter, Ruby, now 28, hasn't spoken to her mother in years. When a scandal breaks concerning Nora's unsavory past, Ruby, whose stand-up comedy career hasn't taken off the way she hoped it would, is hired to pen a tell-all article. Conveniently for Ruby, Nora is injured in a car accident and needs someone to accompany her to the family's former retreat on Washington's Summer Island. Once mother and daughter begin to get reacquainted, however, trading secrets, learning to see each other as people and healing the wounds of the past, Ruby isn't sure she wants to write the profile after all. Two subplots drive home the same lesson: one featuring Ruby and Dean, the young man Ruby pushed away while she was too busy hating her mother, and another involving Dean and his gay brother, Eric, now dying of cancerÄconveniently, Dean and Eric are staying on a neighboring island, trying to get reacquainted. In all cases, Hannah's prescription for saving shaky relationships is the same: talk and forgiveness. The cozy sentimentality may appeal to fans of confessional talk showsÄothers will want to give Hannah's latest a miss. (Mar.) Forecast: Crown is backing Summer Island with a first printing of 125,000, advertising in major national publications and a teaser excerpt in Ballantine's mass market edition of Angel Falls, due out this month, but it's unlikely that this by-the-numbers offering will expand the author's reader base. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women comedians -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Biographers -- Fiction.
Extortion -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Washington (State) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Crown Publishers,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 319 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0609607375 (hardcover)
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