On the verge of her fortieth birthday and shaken by a recent miscarriage, Emily inherits an abandoned summer camp in Massachusetts. She and her husband move onto the property and make grand plans to revitalize the land. But they soon discover that their inheritance includes an unexpected guest. On a walk through the old campgrounds she once frequented as a girl, Emily finds, living undetected in one of the cabins, a magnetic twenty-two-year-old named Stella.
As the two women begin spending time together-talking and drinking, swimming in the lake, watching seductive French films through long afternoons-Emily finds herself playing at performing various roles relative to Stella: friend, mother, lover. Each encounter they share promises to bring Emily a little closer to an understanding of her own identity, but it also puts her marriage and future at risk. How much does she really know about Stella? Why is Stella here, and what does she want, and what might she take with her, if and when she leaves?
Taking place over a single summer in a landscape that refuses to be tamed, The Summer Demands is a beautiful, quietly startling exploration of the sting of seduction, of unspoken female rage, and of how desire and ambition shift over time.
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"This audiobook draws listeners in slowly and holds on tight. Beautifully narrated by Hillary Huber, the story introduces an engaging protagonist and a compelling location. Emily, who is turning 40 and is questioning everything about her life after a miscarriage, has just inherited an abandoned summer camp with her husband. After moving there, she discovers an unexpected resident, Stella, a captivating, enigmatic 22-year-old, who charms everyone she meets. As Emily and Stella grow closer, Emily begins to reevaluate where she has come from and where she is going. As the story recounts one unforgettable summer, Huber shines both in her vivid descriptions of the camp and in her nuanced presentation of the characters. A complex and convincing portrayal of friendship, intimacy, and identity. K.S.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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