A HUNDRED SUMMERS
Williams’ historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read. Set in a historically accurate Rhode Island summer community, her narrative delivers visions of Gable and Garbo, and her storyline is a medley of political incorrectness, intrigue, debauchery and scandal. Her entire cast shines, but it’s her unsinkable, timeless couple who awes with their tenacity and integrity in the face of every unscrupulous act against them.
In the fall of 1931, the country stews between the ‘29 crash and WWII. Against all odds, Lily Dane and Nick Greenwald meet and fall in love. With much working against them, some obvious factors and some unknown, a personal tragedy proves too much for their fragile love and tears them apart. They reacquaint in 1938, during a perfect social storm, when the secrets and scandals that separated them come to a crashing climax that will seal their fates one way or the other. Will they weather the tempest or become its victims? (PUTNAM, Jun., 368 pp., $26.95)