Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Summer Affair-Elin Hildebrand

A Summer Affair
Elin Hildebrand
Little, Brown, Jul 2008, $24.99
ISBN: 0316018600

Nationally renowned but retired glassblower, Claire Danner Crispin agrees to co-chair the Nantucket’s Children Summer Gala; she accepted the position for two reasons: one is her four children and the second is the other chair; her high school boyfriend rock star Max West. Claire also agrees to make a special glass item to sell at the accompanying auction.

When she meets the charity’s director Lock Dixon, they are attracted to one another. Each has a spouse and have problems with their marriages. Claire’s marriage has lost its heat as she and her spouse “Underwhelming” Jason have drifted apart and Lock’s wife is mentally impaired following a nasty car accident. Will this prove the most wonderful summer of their lives or the most heartbroken?

Claire makes this deep character study work as a middle age mom who gave up her glassblowing career in spite of national acclaim to raise the kids only to find her marriage on life support at best with her leaning towards pulling the plug. Fans will wonder whether she will shag Lock, Max, Jason or no one as this is the momentous summer of her discontent.

Harriet Klausner

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