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'An ambitious, immersive novel from the author of In Her Shoes' Red Magazine
'Engrossing' Sunday Mirror
'If you have time for only one book this summer, pick this one' The New York Times
From the No.1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Summer comes another timely and 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.
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'You'll love this book and wish she was your friend' MINDY KALING
'Fiercely funny, powerfully smart, and remarkably brave' CHERYL STRAYED
'Like Helen Fielding, Weiner balances fresh humour, deft characterisations, and literary sensibility' THE GUARDIAN
'Mrs Everything is like Beaches but with mothers and daughters and sisters. I may never recover' JILL GRUNEWALD
'Generous and entertaining' Publishers Weekly
'You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to read it again' TheSkimm
'Blends humour and heartbreak to create an irresistible novel' Publishers Weekly
'Weiner [is] a marvellously natural storyteller' Publishers Weekly
'Jennifer Weiner has done it again. She has made me feel more emotions than I've felt in a long time' Goodreads reviewer
'Beautifully written and heart-touching' Goodreads reviewer
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.