The Beach House
By Jane Green
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452295384, 352pp.)
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
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Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who's not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors' pools when they're away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: "Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach."
Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down. As she did so masterfully in her numerous "New York Times" bestselling novels, including "Second Chance," Jane Green once again proves herself one of the preeminent writers of contemporary women's fiction.
- Nan finds a certain freedom in her old age that most women don't even have in their youth. In what ways can old age be liberating for a woman? Do you know anyone like Nan? Do you hope to be like Nan?
"Green gives you a clear sense of Nantucket's weathered splendor and offers up a refreshing summertime getaway...best read on a deck chair somewhere."
"A sweetly memorable summer story, capturing the relaxing, renewing quality of life at the shore. . ."
-New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Green's best novel in years, a compelling, unputdownable read."