The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson audiobook

The Summer Guest: A Novel

By Justin Cronin
Read by various narrators

Random House Audio
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    ISBN: 9780804126670

On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him. From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp's owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime "trying to learn what it means to be brave;" Joe's wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy's daughter Kate—the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past.As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself—a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape. Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.

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Summary

Summary

On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him.

From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp's owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime "trying to learn what it means to be brave;" Joe's wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy's daughter Kate—the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past.As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself—a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape.

Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Summer Guest explores love as the binding agent of life, not the factor that pulls it apart. And damned if Cronin doesn’t almost sell you on it.” Washington Post
"Here is a gifted and assured writer whose work reveals a fine sense of place and thoughtful characters who have something worth saying.... The Summer Guest is a haunting story about the way time changes us and about what endures. Houston Chronicle
Justin Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience. The Boston Globe
"The Summer Guest is a jewel, the best book I've read in a long, long time.... By all means take it to the beach, but be warned that it's more than entertainment - it's a work of art. Justin Cronin has written a great American novel.... reading this novel, I couldn't help but think of Hemingway, Andre Dubus and Wallace Stegner. Susan Balee, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Luminous. Booklist
The bedrock realities of family and place remain constant in spite of the vicissitudes of emotions and events, and the voices of these Mainers have a lovely calm that evokes the timeless summer place. ... the novel’s recognition of human frailty and nobility rings true, as does its faithful recreation of a place outside the storms of history. Publishers Weekly
“Justin Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.” Boston Globe
“It’s a work of art.” The Philidelphia Inquirer
“Here is a gifted and assured writer whose work reveals a fine sense of place and thoughtful characters who have something worth saying…The Summer Guest is a haunting story about the way time changes us and about what endures.” Houston Chronicle
“The beauty of The Summer Guest lies in Cronin’s ability to create meaning in each character’s situation…Cronin creates deep, sincere characters with whom readers feel a powerful sense of investment.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“The novel’s recognition of human frailty and nobility rings true, as does its faithful recreation of a place outside the storms of history.” Publishers Weekly
“Luminous.” Booklist
“Graceful…Pleasant people in a pleasant setting.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Alison Anderson

Author Bio: Alison Anderson

Alison Anderson, a native Californian, works as a literary translator in the Swiss Alps. Her many translations include the Europa edition of Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Ingrid Betancourt’s memoir, and the work of JMG De Clezio. She has also written two previous novels and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Fellowship, as well as fellowships at the prestigious MacDowell Colony and the Hawthornden Retreat for Writers.

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Author Bio: Justin Cronin

Author Bio: Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors, The Summer Guest, and Mary and O’Neil, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Award. A distinguished faculty fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston and Cape Cod.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English