Synopses & Reviews
No writer captures the seasons of our lives better than Judy Blume. Now, from the New York Times
bestselling author of Wifey
and Smart Women
, comes an extraordinary novel of reminiscence and awakening an unforgettable story of two women, two families, and the friendships that shape a lifetime.
When Victoria Leonard answers the phone in her Manhattan office, Caitlin's voice catches her by surprise. Vix hasn't talked to her oldest friend in months. Caitlin's news takes her breath away and Vix is transported back in time, back to the moment she and Caitlin Somers first met, back to the casual betrayals and whispered confessions of their long, complicated friendship, back to the magical island where two friends became summer sisters.
Caitlin dazzled Vix from the start, sweeping her into the heart of the unruly Somers family, into a world of privilege, adventure, and sexual daring. Vix's bond with her summer family forever reshapes her ties to her own, opening doors to opportunities she had never imagined until the summer she falls passionately in love. Then, in one shattering moment on a moonswept Vineyard beach, everything changes, exposing a dark undercurrent in her extraordinary friendship with Caitlin that will haunt them through the years.
As their story carries us from Santa Fe to Martha's Vineyard, from New York to Venice, we come to know the men and women who shape their lives. And as we follow the two women on the paths they each choose, we wait for the inevitable reckoning to be made in the fine spaces between friendship and betrayal, between love and freedom.
Summer Sisters is a riveting exploration of the choices that define our lives, of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and those we struggle to create. For every woman who has ever had a friend too dangerous to forgive and too essential to forget, Summer Sisters will glue you to every page, reading and remembering.
"Compulsively readable...her powers are prodigious." The New York Times Book Review
"As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing 'How Sweet It Is.' You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was." Chicago Tribune
"The dark and light sides of friendship breathlessly explored in a novel best saved for summer beachside reading." Kirkus Reviews
"An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying...sometimes at the same time....Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters." The Denver Post
"Blume catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends." Seattle Times
"You'll love it like a sister." Cosmopolitan
"Ironically...the audience who will most appreciate the trials and tribulations of friends Victoria and Caitlin as they try to grow up are the very people Blume seems trying so hard to get away from teenage girls." Booklist
"Unfortunately...Blume never delves beneath the banalities of adolescent angst and misses any subtleties of character that might make reliving the time seem poignant rather than painful." Entertainment Weekly
"Blume's new novel for adults will appeal primarily to those who loved young adult novels when they were YAs themselves." Library Journal
"The author's perceptive treatment of special childhood moments, the trials and joys of adolescence, and the magical possibilities of summer make this an entertaining read." School Library Journal
A publishing event a mesmerizing new novel from the internationally bestselling author who captured the imagination of a generation. Summer Sisters is for everyone who has ever had a friend too dangerous to forgive, and too essential to forget.
Two women from very different families become inseparable companions during summers on Martha's Vineyard during their coming-of-age years, forging the bonds of a lifelong friendship that weathers growing up, marriage, children, careers, and betrayal.
About the Author
Judy Blume's twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Wifey and Smart Women, have sold over sixty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty languages. She spends summers on Martha's Vineyard with her family.