From acclaimed author Richard North Patterson comes a sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous summer of 1968. America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane-spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard-life could not be safer nor the future more certain. Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the all-American Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be. But the Vineyard's still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, he is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for. As Ben's presence begins to awaken independence within Whitney, it also brings deep-rooted family tensions to a dangerous head. And soon Whitney's set-in-stone future becomes far from satisfactory and her picture-perfect family far from pretty.
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by Amy Spalding
by Richard North Patterson
by Richard Powers
by Richard Louv
by Heather O'Neill
by C.W. Gortner
"The privileged 22-year-old daughter of a wealthy MarthaÕs Vineyard family, Whitney Dane is planning her upcoming wedding when she meets her intellectual match in Ben, a college dropout and volunteer for Robert KennedyÕs presidential campaign. Narrator Julia Whelan imbues Whitney with more self-confidence and wisdom than might be expected of this clichŽd character, and she tempers BenÕs hostility toward the wealthy families who cling to power in the face of the rapid changes taking place in American mores. Whelan portrays WhitneyÕs parents with consistency; Charles DaneÕs self-importance and conservative single-mindedness are matched by his wifeÕs pampered upper-class New England expectations. With the exception of Nixon and Kennedy, whose voices are given only slight variations, the two-dimensional participants in this novel are improved by WhelanÕs narration. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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