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“Elin Hilderbrand supplies the flowing words and the well-rounded characters that make up the lovable Levin family. The year 1969 furnishes the historic backdrop. The Levins are a typical family that is fortunate enough to spend their summer in Nantucket. The cottage is owned by the family matriarch, Exalta - who runs a tight ship. Exalta's daughter, Kate, carries worry throughout the book which is sparked by her son, Tiger who is fighting in Viet Nam. Kate's uneasiness prompts heavy drinking. She shows little interest in the rest of the children or her second husband. As with any family, the Levins hide many secrets. Throughout the pages, those mysteries are eventually uncovered. I highly recommend this novel. I especially appreciated all of the references that made up the pop culture of 1969. The narration was top-notch and a joy to the ears.”
Melinda, Buttonwood Books and Toys
Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of the '60s summer when everything changed in Elin Hilderbrand's #1 New York Times bestselling historical novel.
Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. And thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, while each of them hides a troubling secret.
As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.
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