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A summer affair : a novel
Hilderbrand, Elin.
Adult Fiction HILDERB

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Hilderbrand's seventh novel delves into the psyche of a guilt-ridden mother/artist who embarks on a self-destructive path. Nantucket glass artist Claire Danner Crispin has pieces in private collections and one in the Whitney, but is overwhelmed with the needs of her husband and four kids (she gave up full-time glassblowing to take care of the family). Her troubles worsen when Daphne, a friend she'd been drinking with, is severely injured in a drunken car wreck. Claire is convinced that Daphne's husband, Lockhart, holds her responsible, so she's surprised when he asks her to co-chair a charity gala and create a new piece of glass art for auction. The plot mushrooms as Claire and Lockhart begin an affair; Claire rethinks her priorities; a slew of gala-related complications arise; and Claire's ex-boyfriend turned rock star comes into play. Hilderbrand keeps a lot of balls in the air, and if she pays too much attention to event-planning minutiae, there are still enough conflicts to keep readers entertained. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Characters are as complex and fragile as glassblowing artist Claire's creations in Hilderbrand's (Barefoot) latest Nantucket tale. Planning a massive summer fundraiser, complete with rock star and high-end art, takes its toll on Claire's very Irish, very Catholic soul. With a hunky husband and four children, how does a lover fit in? Glassblowing details make this mom-lit novel stand out from the pack. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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