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Publisher Description

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.

Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother’s home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at “Lakeside,” their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate, which Joan occupies by their grace—and a provision in the family trust. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fiancé home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. The beautiful and accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, and flaws surface in the family’s polite veneer, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed.

With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities – both material and psychological – left behind by their wonderfully flawed patriarch.

Fiction & Literature
May 24
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

kaykaybean13 ,

Wonderfully written about the dynamics of a family w/step siblings that will blow your mind!

I recommend this book for blended family’s and the dysfunction that can occur when jealousy and misunderstandings are bound to happen.
While it certainly isn’t anything that will help heal the issues of any blended family, it most definitely is more of a cautionary tale of WHAT NOT to do, how to behave and the severely grave risks that can happen in the midsts of denial, dismissive and pure destruction.
This an EXTREME example of dysfunction.
I will say I was disappointed by so many of the unanswered questions especially those of which I felt were the root of many of their issues and definitively the cause of them. The ending also seemed to be cut short without any real closures for the characters as well myself the reader

Jmkd123 ,

The Children

I loved this book. She has a wonderful voice. So authentic and slyly funny. She's a more modern up to date Ann Tyler. I just bought all of her other books. Ms Leary is my new obsession !

Nina@310 ,

The children

Great book. Great author.

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