Summer Stage

Morrow. May 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780063026162. $30. F
Moore (Vacationland) delivers a great beach read with her latest novel set on Block Island, a breezy tale about fame, family, and pursuing one’s dreams. High school English teacher Amy Trevino is pleasantly surprised when her 19-year-old daughter Sam shows up at their Rhode Island home, but Sam doesn’t stay long. Something clearly went wrong during Sam’s stint as a TikTok influencer, and dodging Amy’s questions, Sam holes up for the summer with her uncle Timothy Fleming, a famous actor, at a luxurious beach home. Timothy is a household name, still relevant in his 50s but starting to question his life choices. He agrees to direct his ex-wife in a summer-stock Shakespeare production and ropes Amy into serving as the production manager. Moore keeps the novel’s plot moving along and showcases relationships that seem real and based on deep love.
VERDICT Taylor Jenkins Reid crossed with Elin Hilderbrand. Pull up an Adirondack chair and a sun hat and enjoy.
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