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Summer house : a novel
Nancy Thayer
Adult Fiction THAYER

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Thayer (Shell Moon Beach) explores the tarnished interior of a family of Boston bankers as well as the more polished exterior they display in public in this tepid melodrama. Charlotte Wheelwright has a guilty conscience, so she flees Boston for Nantucket to start an organic farm on her grandmother's land. Nona is nearly 90, and the family is happy to have someone on the island with her year-round. A few years into her project, Charlotte begins making a small profit, and some members of the extended family have a problem with that. The clan gathers at the seaside mansion for the annual family meeting where the fate of Charlotte's garden will be decided. Much of the group, including Charlotte's addict brother, stay at the house all summer, to share in more festive occasions like Nona's birthday celebration, a wedding and the birth of a child. Charlotte, meanwhile, suddenly finds herself attracted to two men, but which will she choose? The cliched family's cliched squabbling-and the narrative as a whole-ends up being much ado about nothing. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Charlotte Wheelwright
Has a guilty conscience; fled Boston for Nantucket to start an organic farm on her grandmother's land; learning to rebuild her life; makes a small profit from her garden whixh angers her extended family.

Nona Wheelwright
Age: 90
Charlotte's grandmother; spends her days reminiscing.

Charlotte's mother; married into the Wheelwright family; has been pressured to conform to their way of life; discovered her husband's unfaithfulness.

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