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The Summer Place

By Jennifer Weiner

An Engaging and Messy Family Drama



Veronica Levy Bought a summer home on Cape Cod Bay forty years ago with the hope of large family gatherings for many years to come. But with her son, Sam, now in California and her daughter Sarah rarely spending any time at the cape, she decided to sell the old place. But the house has some thought about that idea. After all, the house knows things good and bad about this family over the years, and she is not quite ready for them to let her go.

When Veronica’s granddaughter Ruby announces her engagement Veronica agrees to host the wedding at the beach house. She feels the wedding celebration would be the perfect endpoint before putting the house on the market to sell.

When the wedding day arrives, secrets come to life, new relationships are formed, misunderstandings abound, and revelations that will touch every family member are discovered.


THE SUMMER PLACE is an engaging but messy family drama of love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. It’s a story of children and parents and husbands and wives. The story introduces a diverse array of colorful characters and issues. From child abandonment and sexuality to infidelity and illness; all bases are covered in this expansive novel.

Author Jennifer Weiner juggles multiple plot threads in this skillfully written but complicated read told from seven different perspectives. This is no light beach read; it’s full of substance and suspense.

Weiner is an American writer, television producer, and journalist. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and her most recent novels include Big Summer (2020) and That Summer (2021). Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Atria Book

Published May 10, 2022

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