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The Summer Cottage

Susan Kietzman

ISBN 9781617735493
Publish Date 5/26/2015
Format Trade Paperback
Categories General, Women's Fiction, Kensington

Spanning two summers decades apart, Susan Kietzman’s poignant new novel explores the complexities of the people—and places—that shape our lives…

Helen Street spent every summer of her childhood at her family’s cedar-shake cottage on Long Island Sound. The youngest of four, she shared her mother Claire’s athletic genes and relished the orchestrated games and competitions that filled those warm, endless days. Unlike her older siblings—fiery Charlotte, ambitious Thomas, middle-child Pammy—Helen rarely felt the pressure of her mother’s high expectations.

Thirty years later, with her brother and sisters scattered, Helen is the sole caregiver for Claire, now terminally ill. Knowing her death is imminent, Claire has put Helen in the awkward position of telling the others that she plans on leaving everything, including the cottage, to Helen when she dies—unless everyone comes to the shore for a long weekend over the Fourth of July. During this time together, Helen, Charlotte, Pammy, and Thomas will revisit their long-ago decisions and assumptions. And they will face new choices that could shatter their fragile kinship—or reveal a family’s extraordinary power to remember, to forgive, and to grow…

“Beautifully written and closely observed, The Summer Cottage captures the deep and complicated love of family. Reading this lovely novel, I felt the embrace of summer on the shoreline.” --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for the novels of Susan Kietzman

“Readers will find themselves drawn into the tragedies and triumphs of this fictional family—distinct and yet utterly relatable.” —Hartford Books Examiner on The Good Life

“This book gives a great view of a typical marriage…the storyline is realistic, and one all readers can relate to, married or not.” --RT Book Reviews on A Changing Marriage

About Susan Kietzman:

Susan Kietzman is a Connecticut native. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University. Before focusing on fiction full-time, she wrote in several other capacities—as newspaper reporter, as corporate client wordsmith, as museum fundraiser. She also taught English and public speaking at two community colleges. It Started in June is her fifth novel. Readers can visit her website at susankietzman.com.

Photo Credit: Jenn Zibuda

November 9, 2016 @ TBD time
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