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Title:
A WEEK AT THE SHORE: A NOVEL
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9781250119513
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Summary

Summary

In A Week at the Shore , New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky explores how lives and relationships are forever changed when three sisters reunite at their family Rhode Island beach house.

One phone call is all it takes to lure real estate photographer Mallory Aldiss back to her family Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone--running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with her first love. But going home is fraught with emotional baggage--memories, mysteries and secrets abound.

Mal's thirteen-year-old daughter, Joy, has never been to the place where Mal's life was shaped and is desperate to go. Fatherless, she craves family and especially wants to spend time with the grandfather she barely knows.

In just seven watershed days on the Rhode Island coast three women will test the bonds of sisterhood, friendship and family, and discover the role that love and memory plays in defining their lives.


Author Notes

Barbara Delinsky was born on August 9, 1945 in suburban Boston. She received a B.A. in psychology from Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology from Boston College. After graduate school, she worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After her first child was born, she worked as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald.

She has written more than 60 novels including Shades of Grace, Coast Road, While My Sister Sleeps and Not My Daughter. Some of her novels have been made into television movies including Three Wishes starring Valerie Bertinelli and A Woman's Place starring Lorraine Bracco. She wrote the nonfiction book Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. She has also written under the pen names Bonnie Drake and Billie Douglass.

Barbara's novels, Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography) Barbara Delinsky lives in Massachusetts.

(Publisher Provided) Since the 1980s, Barbara Delinsky has published more than sixty novels including, most recently, "The Vineyard", "Lake News", "Coast Road", "Three Wishes", "More Than Friends", & "Suddenly". Published in seventeen languages worldwide, her books regularly appear on "The New York Times", "The Wall Street Journal", "The Washington Post", "The Boston Globe", & "Publishers Weekly" bestseller lists. Born & raised in suburban Boston, Delinsky lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

(Publisher Provided) Barbara Delinsky has a B.A. in psychology from Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology from Boston College. Her bestselling novels include "Coast Road", which featured a heroine who was a breast cancer survivor. She serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Women's Cancer Visiting Committee.

(Publisher Provided)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Delinsky's latest (after Before and Again) is a moving, intimate tale about the indelible bond between family members. The Aldiss sisters--Mallory, Anne, and Margo--reunite at their family's Bay Bluff, R.I., beach house 20 years after their father's role in a scandal divided them and broke up their parents' marriage. Their father, judge Tom Aldiss, was suspected in the disappearance of neighbor Elizabeth MacKay during a late-night boat ride that was later declared an accidental drowning, though her body was never recovered. After college, Mallory settled in New York City while Anne stayed in Bay Bluff. Delinsky fast-forwards to present day, when Mallory receives an alarming call from Jack Sabathian, her first love and Elizabeth's son, about Tom's mental decline. Immediately upon arrival in Bay Bluff, Mallory tries to make peace with Anne, who resents Mallory's intrusion, while resisting her still-strong attraction to Jack. Furthering the suspense, Margo divulges a secret about a love triangle that transpired before their parents married. As long-buried secrets are revealed, the sisters contend with the extreme circumstances that caused the breach in their relationships with one another. This well-crafted story, buoyed by descriptions of the weathered beach town and nicely drawn characters, will delight Delinsky's fans. (May)


Kirkus Review

A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past. When Mallory Aldiss gets a call from a long-ago boyfriend telling her that her elderly father has been gallivanting around town with a gun in his hand, Mallory decides it's time to return to the small Rhode Island town that she's been avoiding for more than a decade. Mallory's precocious 13-year-old daughter, Joy, is thrilled that she'll get to meet her grandfather at long last, and an aunt, too, and she'll finally see the place where her mother grew up. When they arrive in Bay Bluff, it's barely a few hours before Mallory bumps into her old flame, Jack, the only man she's ever really loved. Gone is the rebellious young person she remembers, and in his place stands a compassionate, accomplished adult. As they try to reconnect, Mallory realizes that the same obstacle that pushed them apart decades earlier is still standing in their way: Jack blames Mallory's father for his mother's death. No one knows exactly how Jack's mother died, but Jack thinks a love affair between her and Mallory's father had something to do with it. As Jack and Mallory chase down answers, Mallory also tries to repair her rocky relationships with her two sisters and determine why her father has always been so hard on her. Told entirely from Mallory's perspective, the novel has a haunting, nostalgic quality. Despite the complex and overlapping layers to the history of Bay Bluff and its inhabitants, the book at times trudges too slowly through Mallory's meanderings down Memory Lane. Even so, Delinsky sometimes manages to pick up the pace, and in those moments the beauty and nuance of this complicated family tale shine through. Readers who don't mind skimming past details that do little to advance the plot may find that the juicier nuggets and realistically rendered human connections are worth the effort. A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Library Journal Review

Mallory Aldiss has not been back to her hometown of Bay Bluff, RI, for years; the memories are too painful. But when her childhood friend Jack, who is her dad's neighbor, calls to tell her that her father threatened him with a gun, she and her 13-year-old daughter Joy decide to visit Bay Bluff for a week. Twenty years earlier, Jack's mother disappeared while riding with Mallory's father in his boat. Now that her father has dementia, it is imperative to find out what really happened before it is too late. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? As Mallory and her sisters sort through their good and bad memories while dealing with present-day challenges, secrets are gradually revealed, and Mallory reconnects with a former love. VERDICT Delinsky (Before and Again) presents a powerful story about the importance of love, family, and the acceptance of life's changes. Joy is a little too good to be true but adds a lot of motivation to Mallory's actions. This page-turner will be in demand by Delinsky's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]--Margaret Bentley, Shiawassee Dist. Lib., Owosso, MI