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THE GOODBYE SUMMER
by Patricia Gaffney

Genre: Mainstream

2004 Best Women's Fiction Novel Nominee

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After many years writing historical romances, Gaffney has reinvented herself as a successful author of broader contemporary novels featuring salt-of-the-earth heroines.

Beautifully written, Gaffney's latest highlights the joy of living life at any age, despite the tragedy of loss.

Piano teacher Caddie Winger faces
a summer of change and challenge that begins when her grandmother breaks her leg and subsequently moves into
a home for the elderly.

For the first time,
32-year-old Caddie finds herself living alone and is forced to build an independent life.

Helping her are the elderly residents
of Wake House, whom she befriends while visiting Nana. They share their pasts and innermost secrets and become
a refuge when Caddie discovers love and, ultimately, the pain of heartbreak.

(May, 416 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: May 2004

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