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The Resource Summerland : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand

Summerland : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand

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Summerland : a novel
Title
Summerland
Title remainder
a novel
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Elin Hilderbrand
Title variation
Summer land
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Language
eng
Summary
After a fatal car crash during a summer celebration on Nantucket Island, four teenagers question if the roots of the accident lie further in the past than they seem; is true healing possible, in even these most devastating circumstance; and, can true friendship ever really die?
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  • It’s graduation day at Nantucket High School, and the senior class is celebrating with a beach party and bonfire. But what starts out as a joyous celebration ends in tragedy when a car filled with students crashes on an isolated country road. The crash kills the driver, Penny Alistair, and leaves her twin brother, Hobson, in a coma. The other two occupants, Penny’s boyfriend, Jake, and her friend, Demeter, escape unharmed but are emotionally scarred. The fallout from the devastating accident grips the tight-knit community. By all accounts, Penny intentionally drove the car off the road. But what would cause Penny, a talented singer with a brilliant career ahead of her, to risk her life and the lives of her closest friends? The aftermath of the accident reveals a group of young people struggling with their own demons and a community wrapped in a complicated web of secrets. Hilderbrand (Silver Girl, 2011) has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood and the roles of parents and the community in negotiating that journey. -- Gladstein, Carol (Reviewed 06-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 19, p38)
  • Nantucket Island’s year-round residents are shaken when a car crash claims the life of driver Penny Alistair, a vibrant and popular high school student, and leaves her twin brother, Hobby, in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend Jake and their friend Demeter, each have secrets, and everyone is touched by the tragedy, in fact, practically everyone on the island feels some responsibility for the accident. What did Demeter, who had been drinking, divulge to Penny on the beach that night? Was it Jake’s indiscretion after the cast party for the high school’s production of Grease, or Hobby’s just before prom? Was it the newspaper publisher’s affair, or Penny’s knowledge of his wife’s depression after the loss of her infant son? Each character’s guilt rubs them raw with worry. The sparks that this story throws out becomes a current that circles the agitated kids and their parents, electrifying the atmosphere as they grapple with what happened. Hilderbrand (Silver Girl) has a gift for building tension, and the reader will be willing to do just about anything to discover the real reason why Penny would drive herself, her brother, and her boyfriend over an embankment into oblivion. Agent: Michael Carlisle/David Forrer, Inkwell Management. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 30, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 18, p)
  • Graduation night is an evening of fun and celebration for four Nantucket high school students, but it ends tragically after Penny Alistair wrecks her boyfriend's Jeep, losing her life and putting her twin brother Hobby in a coma. The other two passengers, Penny's boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter, along with all of the island residents, are stunned and confused. In the following weeks, secrets come to light that reveal Nantucket is more than just a destination for summer fun. VERDICT Hildebrand's (Silver Girl; Summer People ) latest touches on heavy subject matter but has a satisfying conclusion. Like Jodi Picoult, she writes about ordinary, believable characters in a difficult situation that could happen to anyone. While the multiple points of view are tough to follow at first, once the story "clicks," fans of realistic fiction will find themselves devouring this novel to discover what really happened that night on the beach. [See Prepub Alert, 12/12/11.]— Amber Woodard, Cumberland Univ. Lib., Lebanon, TN --Amber Woodard (Reviewed June 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 10, p94)
  • Hilderbrand's latest Nantucket-based tale details the impact of a tragic accident on three families. Penelope Alistair and her twin brother, Hobson, are the golden juniors of Nantucket High. Penny, gifted with a beautiful voice, is destined for Broadway or the Met, and Hobby is a star athlete. Both are being courted by elite colleges, to the satisfaction and trepidation of their mother, Zoe, a CIA-trained chef who raised them alone. Driving Hobby, Jake and another friend, Demeter, home from a beach party, Penny goes berserk at the wheel of her boyfriend Jake's Jeep and speeds off a dead-end road. Penny is killed instantly, and Hobby hovers in a coma for days before awakening to injuries that will dash his athletic ambitions. Jake and Demeter are unscathed, at least physically. Alcoholic, overweight Demeter harbors guilt over something she said to Penny that enraged her. What exactly set Penny off becomes the key mystery of the novel. Jake fears that Demeter told Penny that another girl came on to him. Hobby fears Demeter spread a rumor that his prom date, Claire, is pregnant with his child. Demeter cannot bear to contemplate her indiscretion and instead concentrates on staying drunk, quite a challenge around her socially prominent, sober parents. Her summer job with a lawn crew enables her to pilfer premium liquor from well-heeled Nantucket dwellers who don't lock their doors. Zoe withdraws from her friends, dedicating herself to Hobby's recovery. Jake's father, Jordan, removes him and his mother, Ava, to Ava's native Perth, Australia. Jordan's motives are mixed: Ava has longed to return home, and Jake needs a fresh start free of traumatic associations, but Jordan's main intent is to distance himself from Zoe, his lover since his marriage to Ava foundered over the crib death of Jake's infant brother. Despite some well-worn plot expedients and an unduly preachy denouement, a sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing.(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2012)
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10115920
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Hilderbrand, Elin
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fiction
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  • High school graduates
  • Summer
  • Accidents
  • Traffic accidents
  • Family secrets
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Nantucket Island (Mass.)
  • Massachusetts
Target audience
adult
Label
Summerland : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
392 pages
Isbn
9780316099899
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2012004929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)756585883
Label
Summerland : a novel, Elin Hilderbrand
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
392 pages
Isbn
9780316099899
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2012004929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)756585883

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