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Summer Island


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Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.


When Nora Bridge walked out on her family 15 years ago, it was as a last resort. Nevertheless, considering her position as a syndicated columnist dispensing moral advice, this fact seems to be the height of hypocrisy; certainly her daughter Ruby sees it that way. When a sex scandal threatens to destroy Nora's career, Ruby gladly agrees to write an expose of her mother. She finds that getting to know her mother means letting go of her cherished resentment and opening herself up to feelings long forgotten. Joyce Bean's narration is both soothing and compelling. Ruby's anger radiates hotly while her confusion reverberates through her actions. Nora is at once serene and vulnerable, even when seen through Ruby's eyes. The last cassette is a tearjerker, so warn drivers accordingly. Recommended for all public libraries. Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Second-chance love of a different stripeÄbetween mother and daughterÄis the focus of Hannah's (Angel Falls) overheated family drama. More than 10 years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her husband and two daughters. Now a wildly popular radio talk-show host and syndicated columnist, Nora offers inspirational advice that appeals to listeners' family values. What Nora's fans don't know is that her youngest daughter, Ruby, now 28, hasn't spoken to her mother in years. When a scandal breaks concerning Nora's unsavory past, Ruby, whose stand-up comedy career hasn't taken off the way she hoped it would, is hired to pen a tell-all article. Conveniently for Ruby, Nora is injured in a car accident and needs someone to accompany her to the family's former retreat on Washington's Summer Island. Once mother and daughter begin to get reacquainted, however, trading secrets, learning to see each other as people and healing the wounds of the past, Ruby isn't sure she wants to write the profile after all. Two subplots drive home the same lesson: one featuring Ruby and Dean, the young man Ruby pushed away while she was too busy hating her mother, and another involving Dean and his gay brother, Eric, now dying of cancerÄconveniently, Dean and Eric are staying on a neighboring island, trying to get reacquainted. In all cases, Hannah's prescription for saving shaky relationships is the same: talk and forgiveness. The cozy sentimentality may appeal to fans of confessional talk showsÄothers will want to give Hannah's latest a miss. (Mar.) Forecast: Crown is backing Summer Island with a first printing of 125,000, advertising in major national publications and a teaser excerpt in Ballantine's mass market edition of Angel Falls, due out this month, but it's unlikely that this by-the-numbers offering will expand the author's reader base. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"A fascinating story of love, healing, forgiveness . . . certain to strike a chord in the hearts of mothers and daughters everywhere."--Tulsa World "A warm and touching story about very human characters whose personal situations come to life with realism and sensitivity."--Library Journal "Many a daughter will see something of herself in Ruby."--People

"Totally brilliant."--The Midwest Book Review

"A beautiful novel, funny and tender, sad and wonderfully satisfying."--Tahoe Tribune

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