Told in a series of events, as seen through the naïve and hopeful eyes of a 13-year-old boy, this story is tangled with infatuation, lust and lies. The lines between family members are blurred during a summer of solitude, creating a captivating tale that slowly heightens until it culminates in one final, unpredictable tragedy.
In the summer of 1928, hordes of aunts, uncles and cousins gather together in the Hatfield summer home in Maine. Richard, the young narrator, is enthused at the chance to spend the summer months with his older cousins. With so many contrasting personalities in one place, the whole family knows the summer will be unforgettable. The abundance of overdramatic accusations and scandalous teasing leads to laughter, arguments and memories, but no one is prepared for the final twist the summer has in store. (LITTLE, BROWN, Aug., 352 pp., $25.99)