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This wonderful story follows three generations of a family who run a fishing camp in Maine. From the horrors of war, from the loneliness of exile, from the devastation of terminal illness, the camp offers the consolations of beauty, of love, of home. Cronin is a very fine writer.
Recommended by Kathi, Powells.com

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"[D]espite the fundamental, sometimes sickening decency of the narrators...it is hard not to care about how (not whether)...family arrangements will fall into place....And it's the twists that make this novel worth finishing: a surprise bequest, a child's death, a brush with mortality on a fishing trip. With a plot so well-executed and eventful, you won't even notice when the surprises turn out to be, well, no big surprise." Anna Stein, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and O’Neil, Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronin’s new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise—and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying man’s last wish into a rich tapestry of family love.

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.

Review:

"Cronin's graceful second...is well executed but uncompelling....Pleasant people in a pleasant setting, but without the credibility and edge to engage." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Justin Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Every piece of happiness feels infused with sorrow. And that doesn't even take into account the physical pain the characters endure....The Summer Guest is a haunting story about the way time changes us and about what endures." The Houston Chronicle

Review:

"Only when the characters begin delving into the past does the novel begin for real, getting at the heart of the mystery that Cronin loves best: the mystery of what shapes the human character." The San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"This will probably be one of this reviewer's favorite books of 2004....Cronin paints a beautiful picture of this out-of-the-way part of the country, creating a wonderfully magical place where the past mingles with the future." BookReporter.com

Review:

"The novel has its share of irritating moments and cliche philosophical commentary....Still, everything clicks quite nicely. The novel's successes lie in the rendering of characters other than Harry." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Synopsis:

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and ONeil, Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronins new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise—and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying mans last wish into a rich tapestry of family love.

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 camps owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime “trying to learn what it means to be brave”; Joes wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucys 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.

About the Author

Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Awards for his fiction include the Stephen Crane Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is a professor of English at Rice University and lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385335812
Author:
Cronin, Justin
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
369
Dimensions:
9.54x6.58x1.25 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

This wonderful story follows three generations of a family who run a fishing camp in Maine. From the horrors of war, from the loneliness of exile, from the devastation of terminal illness, the camp offers the consolations of beauty, of love, of home. Cronin is a very fine writer.

"Review A Day" by , "[D]espite the fundamental, sometimes sickening decency of the narrators...it is hard not to care about how (not whether)...family arrangements will fall into place....And it's the twists that make this novel worth finishing: a surprise bequest, a child's death, a brush with mortality on a fishing trip. With a plot so well-executed and eventful, you won't even notice when the surprises turn out to be, well, no big surprise." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Cronin's graceful second...is well executed but uncompelling....Pleasant people in a pleasant setting, but without the credibility and edge to engage."
"Review" by , "Justin Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience."
"Review" by , "Every piece of happiness feels infused with sorrow. And that doesn't even take into account the physical pain the characters endure....The Summer Guest is a haunting story about the way time changes us and about what endures."
"Review" by , "Only when the characters begin delving into the past does the novel begin for real, getting at the heart of the mystery that Cronin loves best: the mystery of what shapes the human character."
"Review" by , "This will probably be one of this reviewer's favorite books of 2004....Cronin paints a beautiful picture of this out-of-the-way part of the country, creating a wonderfully magical place where the past mingles with the future."
"Review" by , "The novel has its share of irritating moments and cliche philosophical commentary....Still, everything clicks quite nicely. The novel's successes lie in the rendering of characters other than Harry."
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and ONeil, Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronins new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise—and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying mans last wish into a rich tapestry of family love.

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 camps owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime “trying to learn what it means to be brave”; Joes wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucys 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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