A dying man brings his oldest friends together for one last beach blowout in this witty, heartfelt novel from the author of Last Couple Standing.
“A delightful novel about the meaning of friendship and how we dream of being remembered by those closest to us . . . a fabulous vacation of a book!”—Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters
At just thirty-five, reclusive billionaire Robbie Malcolm is a renowned financial prognosticator, a celebrated philanthropist, and a mathematical genius. Also, he’s dying, which is a fact he’s carefully concealing from the world.
As he takes stock, Robbie realizes that his wealth means nothing if he can’t help the people who matter most. So he invites his oldest friends—Blair, Cat, and Wade—to their beloved Fenwick Island on the coast of Delaware to share his secret and to reveal plans for each of them that he believes will change their lives forever.
However, Robbie isn’t the only one with secrets. The bonds the friends formed as teenagers still exist, but adulthood has brought a whole new set of complications, like unrequited loves, marriages on the brink, and so much unfulfilled potential. Robbie’s plans may look good on paper, but are they any match for the utter disaster that is real life?
As everything comes to light over a wild weekend full of surprises, Robbie learns there are still some things money can’t buy, and a group of friends who thought their best years were behind them realize just how much they have to look forward to.
In Norman's bittersweet latest (after Last Couple Standing), a self-made billionaire is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and invites his three high school besties to spend one last weekend together. Robbie Malcolm, 35, has a sprawling mansion on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware, where his friends arrive for a kind of living wake. There's Blair McKenzie, who put aside her dreams of being an artist to lead a much more conventional life; Wade Stephens, an unsuccessful novelist living in New York and facing eviction; and Cat Miller, a Los Angeles television producer who quit her job after a yearlong affair with the show's star, Gabrielle Torres, who refused to leave her husband for Cat. Robbie reveals the news of his terminal illness; tells Blair, Wade, and Cat about the unhappy secrets they're keeping from one another; and details a plan to use his fortune to make them happy. But a dogged reporter crashes the weekend and reveals Robbie has his own secrets. The author has some apt things to say about the temptations and limits of wealth, and the plot builds to a series of climaxes that elicit genuine emotion. This is spot-on escapist entertainment.