Life's a Beach (Paperback)

By Claire Cook

Hyperion, 9781401340780, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2008



By the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs, the story of two grown-up sisters who fight like cats and dogs--but call each other at least twice a day When Must Love Dogs was published, the Chicago Tribune called it "pitch-perfect" and the Washington Post declared, "Readers will hope that Claire Cook will be telling breezy summer stories from the South Shore of Massachusetts for seasons to come." Luckily for her legions of fans, Cook returns with another sparkling romantic comedy that's reminiscent of Must Love Dogs in all the right ways, but very much its own animal--about a relationship-challenged single woman, her quirky-to-put-it-mildly extended family, and the summer the shark movie came to town. Life's a bit of a beach these days for Ginger Walsh, who's single at forty-one and living back home in the family FROG (Finished Room Over Garage). She's hoping for a more fulfilling life as a sea glass artist, but instead is babysitting her sister's kids and sharing overnights with Noah, her sexy artist boyfriend with commitment issues and a dog Ginger's cat isn't too crazy about. Geri, her BlackBerry-obsessed sister, is also nearly over the deep end about her pending fiftieth birthday (and might just drag Ginger with her). Toss in a dumpster-picking father, a Kama Sutra T-shirt-wearing mother, a movie crew come to town with a very cute gaffer, an on-again-off-again glassblower boyfriend, plus a couple of Red Hat realtors, and hilarity ensues. The perfect summer read, Life's a Beach is a warm, witty, and wise look at what it takes to move forward at any stage in life.

About the Author

Claire Cook is the best-selling author of the novels Must Love Dogs, Ready to Fall, and Multiple Choice. A teacher of physical fitness and creative writing, she has had previous stints as a copywriter, radio continuity director, garden designer, and dance and aerobics choreographer. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts, often called the Irish Riviera, with her husband and two children.

Praise For Life's a Beach

"A laugh-out-loud chick-lit confection."—Good Housekeeping

"[A] gleefully quirky coming-of-age story"—Redbook

"Midlife love, laughter, sibling rivalry and self-discovery . . . Goes down as easy as it sounds."—People

"Readers will certainly be able to relate to and laugh with the next batch of eccentric characters in Cook's Life's a Beach a book brimming with wit and heart."—Cape Cod Times

"Claire Cook has an original voice, sparkling style and a window into family life that will make you laugh and cry. Life's a Beach is filled with hilarity, sister love and sister hate, juicy arguments and hard won reconciliations but most of all, heart. I'm giving it to my sister today!"—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia

"If I had a sister, I'd want her to be Claire Cook. If I had a summer, I'd want it to be the the summer that two sisters stropped their tongues and sparred over everything from fertility to photography to family. And if I could follow up the wry, wacky poignancy of Must Love Dogs with any book, it would be Life's A Beach. Claire Cook is wicked good.''—Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of Deep End of the Ocean

"Life's A Beach is a delicious coming of age novel-about two forty-something sisters who don't quite manage that feat until it's almost too late. I devoured this slice of family life served up in Claire Cook's inimitably warm and witty style. Tender, touching and terribly, terribly, funny!"—Mary Kay Andrews, author of Savannah Breeze

"A delightful and compelling page-turner . . . [a] feel-good charmer that is seductively engaging and ultimately downright fun."—Boston Globe

"[A] perfect-for-the-beach summer novel Life's a Beach is a bumpy delight."—Boston Common

"Claire Cook's smart, delightful new book made me laugh on the first page and on every single page all the way through--even when it also made me cry. True, tender, insightful, and hilarious--I loved it."—Pamela Redmond Satran

"Claire Cook has given us a heroine you'll cheer for and a book you won't be able to put down. I loved it."—Karen Quinn