The Last Summer of the Camperdowns

By Elizabeth Kelly
(Liveright Publishing Corporation, Hardcover, 9780871403407, 383pp.)

Publication Date: June 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2013 Indie Next List
“Twelve-year-old Riddle's world starts to crumble when she witnesses a terrible crime but doesn't report it. Set on Cape Cod in the rarified circles of old-money political dynasties, this story's characters are larger than life, brilliant, infuriating, and compelling. They have constituencies and causes, servants in their seaside mansions, famous artwork on their walls, and horse habits, yet they struggle with the shame of overstretched finances, an infamous love triangle, and buried secrets. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is the perfect summer page-turner.”
-- Sara Hinckley, Hudson Booksellers, Marietta, GA


Description
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize , introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It s 1972, and Riddle s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp s desire to toughen her up and Greer s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer s uproarious and dramatic must-read."



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