"A joy to read-a portrait of a place, a way of life, and a marriage by a reporter who turns out to be the world's last extant romantic" (Joan Didion). In this Tracy-Hepburn romance, a sophisticated New York intellectual is charmed by a down-to-earth newspaperman. Frankie's Place is the tale of a summer cottage and the story that unfolds under its roof. Jim Sterba is the down-to-earth newspaperman who charms the New York sophisticate, Frances FitzGerald, after several visits to her writer's retreat on the coast in Maine. Frankie's place is a secluded little house out of harm's way and the clamor of the modern world. Icy plunges into the Somes Sound christen their island mornings; then there is a long period of dutiful writing followed, in the late afternoon, by rigorous mountain walks, forays for wild mushrooms, and sailing. In the evenings Jim and Frankie prepare simple island meals as they talk about everything from the stories or books they're working on to the bigger issue of Jim's reunion with his long-lost father. Although they couldn't have had more disparate childhoods-Jim grew up on a struggling Michigan farm while Frankie lived in a Manhattan town house and an English country estate-their shared summer rituals have them falling in love before our eyes. "A highly entertaining tale of love, family, and place . . . It took me places I hadn't expected to go. I loved it." -Tom Brokaw
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