Synopses & Reviews
A retreat on Lake Michigan for old-money WASPs, Sand Isle has long been the summer residence of the Addison family. The youngest member of the clan, Maddie Addison, survived an awkward but sheltered adolescence only to be plagued in adulthood by alcoholism, a failed marriage, and an unendurable loss that sent her fleeing the burden of family expectations. Now, after an eleven-year hiatus, Maddie has been summoned back to Sand Isle, where her widowed mother languishes near death. What awaits Maddie is a collision of distinct, eccentric personalities -- by turns hilarious and poignant -- as well as an archive of memories that evoke pleasure, passion, and pain. Beneath the silent gaze of her ailing mother, Maddie and her family must confront their past and face the future to once again find a home in a house steeped in untold stories of its own.
“Gamble has done a graceful job of providing insight, as well as intrigue.
Drawing from her own experiences as a descendant of one of America's industrial families, Gamble wields an insider's observation with Wharton-esque charm to create a compassionate, funny, often heartbreaking portrait of a woman's search for home.
About the Author
The author of The Water Dancers, Terry Gamble sits on the English Advisory Board of the University of Michigan. She lives in California with her husband and children.