The Summer Place

Atria. May 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781501133572. $28.99. F
With 18 New York Times–best-selling novels under her belt (In Her Shoes; That Summer), Weiner takes readers back to the beach with another compelling multigenerational family story. Sarah Weinberg Danhauser has spent the better part of the pandemic ensconced with her family in their brownstone. Her husband Eli occupied a home office, their young sons adapted to a hybrid school schedule, and Sarah’s stepdaughter Ruby moved home to finish her NYU classes online with “pandemic boyfriend” Gabe in tow. When Ruby and Gabe announce their surprise engagement, family members’ reactions run from deep introspection to indecipherable action. Sarah’s alarm bells send her reeling and searching for answers. Eli withdraws, seemingly unbothered by the wedding but extremely distracted by something. Sarah’s mother hopes for one last grand gathering at her family summer home on the Cape—a home she had once planned to pass down to later generations. Even the house doesn’t want to let this family go.
VERDICT This highly recommended novel, with its well-written characters who revisit their pasts and reconnect with the present, illustrates exactly why Weiner is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to summer reads.
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