The High Season

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100128660
Released: May 22, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525524267
Narrator/s: Julia Whelan
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"A mesmerizing, head-spinning—and sometimes madcap-hilarious—take of have and have-nots."—People (Book of the Week) NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE AND KIRKUS REVIEWS "In the smart, breezy, sweet spot between Meg Wolitzer and Elin Hilderbrand."—Entertainment Weekly No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Located by the sea in a quiet Long Island village, the house is her nest egg—the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year. It's Memorial Day weekend and the start of what Jem calls "the summer bummer": the family's annual exodus to make way for renters. This year, the Hamptons set has arrived. Adeline Clay is elegant and connected—and will never need to worry about money. Before long, she demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie's life. Is Adeline just being her fabulous self, or is she out to take what she wants? When an eccentric billionaire, his wayward daughter, a coterie of social climbers, and Ruthie's old flame are thrown into the mix, the entire town finds itself on the verge of tumultuous change. But as Ruthie loses her grasp on her job, her home, and her family, she discovers a new talent for pushing back. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same—least of all Ruthie. Praise for The High Season "Blundell knows the territory...? Her account of Ruthie's coming to grips with a career, a daughter and a community in flux is as touching as it is convincing."—The Wall Street Journal "A huge page-turner...?o compelling...? classic beach read, but very smart, very intelligently written."—Us Weekly, Emily Giffin's Summer Reading Recommendations "An acid-laced domestic drama set during one golden summer on the moneyed, beachy North Fork of Long Island."—The New York Times "Judy Blundell wields words like an oyster knife in this shimmering story of art, money, and celebrity."—Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War "A wry, often hilarious story of a woman trying to keep it together when everything is going so, so wrong."—Real Simple

Author(s): Judy Blundell
Original Publish Date: May 22, 2018

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Author(s): Judy Blundell
Product Number EB00710878
Released: May 22, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780525508724

Professional reviews

"Narrator Julia Whelan provides a conversational delivery for this multilayered summer story set on the North Fork of Long Island. Ruthie and her daughter, Jemma, start the tourist season as they always do, by welcoming summer renters into their beachside home. Little do they realize that by Labor Day nothing will ever be the same. Whelan's impressive ability to impart the characters' personalities into their dialogue comes to the fore in this story of new beginnings. She gives Jemma a recognizable teenage attitude, and an older art collector a rich man's confidence. This audiobook, with its fully realized characters facing real-life situations and a range of family and relationship issues, will bring depth to your reading list. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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