That Summer

by Weiner, Jennifer

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Summary
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Weiner, the undisputed boss of the beach read, is back with another stunner." —The New York Times "That Summer Is Your *IDEAL* Beach Read." —Cosmopolitan Named a Most Anticipated Book of Spring 2021 by Marie Claire, Bustle, Good Morning America, CNN, PopSugar, Good Housekeeping, Frolic, Country Living, and Working Mother From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.Daisy Shoemaker can't sleep. With a thriving cooking business, full schedule of volunteer work, and a beautiful home in the Philadelphia suburbs, she should be content. But her teenage daughter can be a handful, her husband can be distant, her work can feel trivial, and she has lots of acquaintances, but no real friends. Still, Daisy knows she's got it good. So why is she up all night? While Daisy tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she's also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. While Daisy's driving carpools, Diana is chairing meetings. While Daisy's making dinner, Diana's making plans to reorganize corporations. Diana's glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy's simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who IS this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy? From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner's signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Daisy Shoemaker spends her life catering to her husband, Hal, 12 years her senior, and their 15-year-old daughter, Beatrice, who just got kicked out of Hal's tony boarding-school alma mater and is overflowing with teenage disdain for her ineffectual mother. Daisy teaches ad hoc cooking lessons, but her life mostly revolves around her family. So when an email mix-up puts her in touch with Diana Starling and the two hit it off, she is thrilled at the prospect of making an actual adult friend. But Diana isn't who she says she is, and she has deliberately thrown herself into Daisy's orbit to attempt to reconcile her past. Spurred on by the #MeToo movement, the characters explore the weight that victims of sexual assault carry, and the damage left in the wake of unchecked privilege. But there is also a warmth to the novel, fueled by the Cape Cod setting and deft characterization. Daisy is a classic Weiner heroine, an underappreciated and unconfident woman who grows wings; Beatrice is endearingly strong-willed; and Diana is heartbreakingly sympathetic. Weiner's storytelling skill is such that she paints an uncompromising, complicated portrait of the insidious dangers of the patriarchy that is also a lot of fun to read.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Weiner's latest is a summer banger with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot, which is sure to garner lots of attention."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Weiner follows up Big Summer with another emotionally charged drama, this one centered on a #MeToo reckoning. Diana Shoemaker has been known as Daisy ever since marrying her husband, Hal. But when she begins receiving emails intended for another "Diana S." with a similar address--and when the two Dianas strike up a correspondence--she starts to wonder what her life might have been like had she not fallen into Main Line Philadelphia motherhood and a modest culinary education business. A parallel narrative follows the other Diana, whom it turns out is intent on contacting Daisy to confront her about her sexual assault when she was 15 by a group of boys on Cape Cod, including some with connections to Daisy, whose family spent summers there along with Hal's. After Daisy and Diana become friends, Daisy learns their seemingly accidental online encounter was anything but. Weiner's writing is infused with evocative depictions of place, particularly year-round scenes on the Cape. Some villains are painted with overly broad strokes, and while the plot hinges on more than one coincidence, the account of a woman on a deferred quest, nearly three decades after an assault, feels emotionally honest. Weiner's legions of fans will applaud this emotionally affecting and often surprising story. Agent: Joanna Pulcini, Joanna Pulcini Literary Management. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Literature
Fiction
Publisher Atria Books2021
Language English
ISBN 9781501133565