Summer Island

Summer Island

A Novel

Book - 2010
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When Nora Bridge left her husband and her two daughters 10 years ago, she took the only route she could see, and assumed she still had her daughters' love. Now, though she is distant from her own daughters, Nora is the hostess of a radio advice show, where she advises listeners that "family comes first." When a scandal breaks and Nora hits rock bottom, she finds she has to rely on the two people she has betrayed most deeply: her daughters, Ruby and Caroline. As an aspiring and failing comedian, Ruby's life in Los Angeles has shrunk into a directionless morass. She says when she dismisses superstition, "As if she needed magic to tell her that she was stuck in the spin cycle of her life." Though neither she nor Caroline are inclined to help their mother, Ruby finally agrees when a magazine offers to pay her for a tell-all expose.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, [2010]
Edition: Ballantine books Trade pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780345483447
Branch Call Number: Fiction Han
Characteristics: 427 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 27, 2018

Good story. It drug a little for me but very readable.

Jan 17, 2018

Love this book. There hasn't been a Kristen Hannah book yet that doesn't grab me and not let me put it down.

Jul 10, 2013

Loved it.

Mar 29, 2012

Another good one from Hannah with all the elements we've come to expect. Ruby, struggling to become famous in California harbors a grudge against the mother who left her and her sister Caroline as teens. Nora, is now famous herself as a radio and newspaper advice guru. However, her fans don't know her past and when it comes out it seems she is ruined. After an accident leaves her injured Ruby agrees to come and take care of Nora on Summer Island, secretly planning to write a tell-all article for $50 grand. Meanwhile an old love of Ruby's with a dying brother come to neighboring Lopez Island. All come together with many tears and heart-felt confessions. Some might see it as a little sappy but I like Hannah's recurrent theme that the conceptions we carry with us from childhood are not necessarily valid. Children see things as children and as adults parents and sons and daughters can come to understandings if they can communicate as adults. I envy her characters sometimes in their abilities to leave the past behind.


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