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That Summer

Author: Allen Drury
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Somewhat steamy romance novel set among the elite in California.

That Summer

Author: Lauren Willig
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466851473
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2009: When Julia Conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it's a joke. She hasn't been back to England since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. But when she arrives at Herne Hill to sort through the house—with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas—bits of memory start coming back. And then she discovers a pre-Raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house's shrouded history begins to open...1849: Imogen Grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur. The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur's collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has. When Arthur hires Gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion.From modern-day England to the early days of the Preraphaelite movement, Lauren Willig's That Summer takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman's search for the truth about her past—and herself.

Last Summer

Author: Evan Hunter
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504043952
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Three teenagers turn an idyllic summer vacation into a violent nightmare in this “compelling and unforgettable” novel by the bestselling author of The Blackboard Jungle (Harper’s). Bored, restless, privileged teenagers Sandy, David, and Peter meet while vacationing with their families on remote Greensward Island. The two boys, both sixteen, are immediately entranced by Sandy’s beauty and frank sexuality. Over the course of the summer, the trio creates an illicit teenage paradise far removed from adult supervision. Stolen beers and lustful teasing lead to more nefarious games, however, when Rhoda appears. Shy, quiet, and unsophisticated, the fifteen-year-old desperately wants to fit in with her more glamorous peers. Her awkwardness brings out a vicious cruel streak in Sandy, who has David and Peter so tightly wrapped around her finger they’ll do whatever she wants—even if it means destroying an innocent life. A fearless, unflinching portrait of youth gone wild, Last Summer was the basis for an Academy Award–nominated film starring Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Richard Thomas, and Catherine Burns. Originally published in 1968 and heralded by Cosmopolitan as “the most chilling novel of this—or any—autumn,” Last Summer transforms a coming-of-age story into a dark and twisted fable and confirms Evan Hunter’s reputation as a master of suspense.

Ashford Park

Author: Lauren Willig
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644214514
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Ashford Park, England, 1906. Nach dem Tod ihrer Eltern wächst die kleine Adeline Gillecote-Ashford auf dem Landsitz von Onkel und Tante auf. Schnell wird ihre hübsche und durchtriebene Cousine Bea Addies beste Freundin. Obwohl sie unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten, gehen die beiden durch dick und dünn. Doch dann kommt der Erste Weltkrieg, und er verändert nicht nur das Land, sondern auch die Menschen. Frederick, den Addie heimlich verehrt, seit sie denken kann, kehrt zynisch und kalt zurück. Mit seiner Clique feiert er, als ob es kein Morgen gäbe, und in einer betrunkenen Nacht lässt er sich sogar mit Bea ein, die inzwischen in einer langweiligen, aber vorteilhaften Ehe steckt. Addie ist am Boden zerstört. Jahre später besucht sie Bea und Frederick in Kenia, wo sie inzwischen leben. Die Zuneigung zwischen Addie und Frederick flammt wieder auf.

Liebe Und Sommer

Author: William Trevor
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
ISBN: 3455813232
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Sie treffen sich heimlich auf einem abgelegenen Anwesen. Bei Florian ruft Ellie Erinnerungen an seine frühere Jugendliebe wach, und Ellie lässt sich von seiner geheimnisvollen Ausstrahlung in den Bann ziehen. Mit einer Tschechow’schen Note von Verlust und Sehnsucht erzählt William Trevor eindringlich von der Liebe eines Sommers. Florian Kilderry hält sich im ländlichen Rathmoyes auf, um den Besitz seiner verstorbenen Eltern aufzulösen. Als er mit seiner Kamera die Gegend durchstreift, trifft er auf die Trauergäste einer Beerdigung, unter denen auch Ellie Dillahan ist. Der unabhängige Mann und die verheiratete Farmersfrau fühlen sich spontan zueinander hingezogen und treffen sich fortan heimlich. Ellie ist hin- und hergerissen zwischen ihrem eintönigen, aber sicheren Leben an der Seite ihres Mannes auf dem Hof und den Verlockungen, die der geheimnisvolle Unbekannte verheißt. Auch wenn sich die beiden in ihrem Geheimnis sicher wähnen, bleibt ihre Affäre von einigen Bewohnern Rathmoyes’ nicht unbemerkt. "Mit der Genauigkeit eines Chirurgen und der Eloquenz eines Dichters präsentiert Trevor dem Leser die Nischen des menschlichen Herzens." Literary Review

The Last Summer

Author: John Hough
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743233328
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A classic love story, The Last Summer chronicles a young man on the verge of growing up and an older woman running away from a life out of control. It is the summer of 1968: The world is poised on the cusp of radical change. Politicians question the status quo, blacks react to decades of oppression, and students protest the injustices of war. Change is in the air, too, for 37-year-old single mother Claire Malek. She has just walked out on her rather cushy job in Washington, DC, as "special assistant" to Senator Bob Mallory. DC had become an impossible place for Claire, heavy with regrets and burdened with secrets she knew she could never divulge. Anxious for both escape and change, Claire packs her 15-year-old daughter, April, into her Camaro and heads to a small town on Cape Cod, where Claire takes a job as cub reporter on a twice-weekly newspaper called the Covenant. She knows it's a big risk, but Claire is desperate for a new start and a new life, and the town and all it has to offer seem to be a good beginning. For Lane Hillman, son of the publisher of the Covenant, change is just beyond the horizon. Twenty-two years old and fresh out of Harvard, he's come home to celebrate the last summer of his youth and one final season as a reporter on his father's newspaper. In an effort to avoid the draft, and possible service in Vietnam, Lane has enlisted in VISTA -- the America-based Peace Corps -- and in the fall will begin a four-year stint working in the inner city of Detroit. Claire's first day on the job is the same day Robert Kennedy is shot. Racial tensions around the country continue to erupt into violence and confrontation. But in a few days another more personal tragedy strikes the town as a young girl is found murdered -- the first such death there in more than twenty years -- and on the same day a teenage boy is found drowned under suspicious circumstances. As Claire and Lane work together to try to make sense of the seemingly unrelated deaths, a closeness grows between them, and with it, the stirrings of sexual attraction. At first Claire resists, knowing that the fifteen years separating them is an unbridgeable gap, but before either of them realizes what's happening, she and Lane are swept up in a romantic passion that threatens to overwhelm them both. As the summer progresses, so does their affair, and soon the whole town knows about it, including Lane's parents, who are not at all pleased with this turn of events, and April, Claire's daughter, who feels both awe and resentment at the changes the affair brings in her mother. Before the summer ends, however, Claire and Lane will have to contend with more than the opinions of family and townsfolk. A shadowy figure responsible for the death of the young woman begins to fixate on someone new -- and the lovers find themselves in a race to save their own lives. A work of great tenderness, taut suspense, and historical immediacy, The Last Summer is a captivating portrait of love and sacrifice.

Chronicle Of A Last Summer

Author: Yasmine El Rashidi
Publisher: Tim Duggan Books
ISBN: 0770437303
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A young Egyptian woman recounts her personal and political coming of age in this brilliant debut novel. Cairo, 1984. A blisteringly hot summer. A young girl in a sprawling family house. Her days pass quietly: listening to a mother’s phone conversations, looking at the Nile from a bedroom window, watching the three state-sanctioned TV stations with the volume off, daydreaming about other lives. Underlying this claustrophobic routine is mystery and loss. Relatives mutter darkly about the newly-appointed President Mubarak. Everyone talks with melancholy about the past. People disappear overnight. Her own father has left, too—why, or to where, no one will say. We meet her across three decades, from youth to adulthood: As a six-year old absorbing the world around her, filled with questions she can’t ask; as a college student and aspiring filmmaker pre-occupied with love, language, and the repression that surrounds her; and then later, in the turbulent aftermath of Mubarak’s overthrow, as a writer exploring her own past. Reunited with her father, she wonders about the silences that have marked and shaped her life. At once a mapping of a city in transformation and a story about the shifting realities and fates of a single Egyptian family, Yasmine El Rashidi’s Chronicle of a Last Summer traces the fine line between survival and complicity, exploring the conscience of a generation raised in silence.

How To Survive A Summer

Author: Nick White
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399573690
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A searing debut novel centering around a gay-to-straight conversion camp in Mississippi and a man's reckoning with the trauma he faced there as a teen. Grad student Will Dillard has largely buried memories of the summer he spent at a camp intended to “cure” homosexuality. But when he finds out a horror movie based on the camp is hitting theaters, he’s forced to face his past—and his role in another camper’s death. As he recounts the events surrounding his “failed rehabilitation,” Will strikes out on an impromptu road trip back home to Mississippi, eventually returning to the abandoned campgrounds to solve the mysteries of that pivotal summer. With a masterful confluence of sensibility and place, How to Survive a Summer introduces an exciting new literary voice from the American South.

Ein Appartement In Paris

Author: Michelle Gable
Publisher: Langen Mueller Herbig
ISBN: 3784482090
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Für Jahrzehnte verborgen Aprils Leben wird sich grundlegend ändern, sie weiß es nur noch nicht. Ihr Chef bei Sotheby's schickt sie nach Paris, um ein Appartement zu begutachten, das 70 Jahre lang kein Mensch betreten hat. Als Spezialistin für antike Möbel denkt April nicht an Staub oder Plunder, sondern an verborgene Schätze. Und genau diese findet sie: goldene Straußeneier, antike Möbel, eine bronzene Badewanne und ein äußerst wertvolles Porträt der damaligen Bewohnerin. Zudem entdeckt sie zahlreiche Briefe und Tagebücher. April taucht ein in die faszinierende Welt der Marthe de Florian, einer bekannten Pariser Kurtisane, zu deren Kundschaft Würdenträger und Staatschefs gehörten. Wer war sie, wie lebte sie, und warum verschwand sie am Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkriegs aus ihrem Appartement, um nie wieder zurückzukehren? Nach einer wahren Geschichte: Dieser Roman ist eine faszinierende Reise in die Vergangenheit.

Mafia Summer

Author: E. Duke Vincent
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781596919273
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One a Sicilian Hell's Kitchen gang leader, the other a sickly but brilliant Orthodox Jewish boy who lives next door, Vinny Vesta and Sidney Butcher meet on a fire escape during the blistering New York City summer of 1950. Their friendship develops over the course of a summer that will change Vinny's fortunes forever, at a cost he could never have imagined. Based on a true story, Mafia Summer brilliantly captures a pivotal moment in Mafia history and in the lives of the teenagers caught up by the Mob. "Influenced more by Billy Bathgate than by The Godfather...Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."-Kirkus Reviews "E. Duke Vincent hits the target dead center with this first novel set on the bloody streets of Hell's Kitchen. A mini-epic, complete with a full-scale crime war, Mafia Summer remains a detailed tale of friendship and of the best kind of loyalty. A masterful performance."-Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers and Paradise City "One of the best books on the mafia I have ever read. Right up there with The Godfather."-New York Times bestselling author Jack Higgins