A Hundred Summers
By Beatriz Williams
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425270035, 432pp.)
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
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As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this novel from the author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant.
Blends history, romance, and social commentary into...much more than a summer guilty pleasure” (Connecticut Post)
Memorial Day, 1938
Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.
But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick GreenwaldLily’s former best friend and former fiancéhave arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.
As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever
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Includes a Reader's Guide
Author of Overseas and The Secret Life of Violet Grant and a graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia University, Beatriz Williams lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. She is also the author of Overseas and The Secret Life of Violet Grant, and writes under the pseudonym Juliana Gray.
- There are recurring themes of illusion versus reality. For example, Budgie, the apparent prototype of beauty and femininity, actually has a rotten, ugly core. What other examples in the book reinforce this interplay of façade versus truth?
“Sparkles like the New England summer sun.”—Karen White
“It is what every beach book should aspire to be—smart and engrossing.”—Elin Hilderbrand
“[A] great summer read.”—People
“Will keep the reader so engrossed, multiple applications of sunscreen will be required.”—USA Today
“A wonderfully evocative atmosphere of hot and hazy days, shimmering parties, and lazy afternoons on the beach. Add in a little romance, a lost love, and a family mystery, and you’ve got the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the hot sand.”—Examiner.com
“A candidate for this year’s big beach read.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] fast-paced love story.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge in a New England beach community. Add in a betrayal between friends, a marriage for money, and a Yankee pitcher, and it’s a perfect storm.”—Good Housekeeping