The Summer Guest

The Summer Guest

Book - 2006
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Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and O'Neil , Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronin's new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise--and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying man's last wish into a rich tapestry of family love.

On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him.

From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp's owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime "trying to learn what it means to be brave"; Joe's wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy's daughter Kate--the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past.


As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself--a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape.

Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2006.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780385335829
0385335822
Branch Call Number: CRO
Characteristics: 369 pages ;,21 cm

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mitretnuh
Oct 13, 2012

A great read, he swings from one genre to another and knocks them both out of the park,

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doroschelch
Jul 27, 2012

Well written and well constructed story about the intertwined lives of a family and people they encounter. That various secrets are revealed on the way adds some thrill, but the action-movie ending is unnecessary, in my opinion.

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Jennmro
Dec 19, 2010

This is one of those stories that sticks with you for days. It made me want to take a trip to Maine to go fishing in the woods. I read this book after reading Justin Cronin's newer book and loved this one just as much, although it bears no similarity to it in style or subject.

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holladayk
Aug 13, 2017

Harry: I slept but did not sleep, dreamed but did not dream, was awake every minute and also not. The final unmaking of time, all its solid, familiar order undone, so that even the rhythm of the day and night has lost its meaning and one is everywhere in one's life at once; all that night I drowned in time (during his morphine cancer time).

It's said that many marriages do not survive the loss of a child, that such grief is a room parents enter together but depart alone. I have no cause to argue the point, having sat in just that room. From that day forward we loved each other, Meredith and I, but we loved with broken hearts. And when, on a morning not long after we had buried Sam, I came into the kitchen to find Meredith standing at the window, cupping the curve o her stomach in a secret way that I alone understood I knkew we would go on.

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