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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilma Wolitzer Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Summer Reading is the story of three women whose disparate lives intersect in the Hamptons. Lissy Snyder, a beautiful and emotionally needy newlywed, is the unwilling stepmother of her husband’s hostile children. Her eavesdropping housecleaner, Michelle, a local, is resentful of the moneyed arrogance of the vacationing “invaders” and can’t get a commitment from her fisherman boyfriend. Solitary, bookish Angela Graves, leader of the Page Turners, a book group attended by wealthy young summer residents, harbors the shameful memory of a disastrous affair she had long ago. Over the summer, Angela encourages her book group to identify with the heroines of novels by Trollope, Flaubert, and Charlotte Brontë. But can reading, as she proposes, really influence the choices people make and even change the course of their lives? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A Hampton vacation, trophy wives and characters who dig books…Bring on the beach chair.”


  • Keen observation and a deft use of language…an enjoyable read that ends with what all good readers seek—another ‘to-read’ list.

     The Charlotte Observer

  • “Eminently readable and precisely accomplished…fine and complex and very much the product of skilled workmanship.”

    The East Hampton Star

  • Summer Reading is ultimately a homage to storytelling and the blessings that good literature can bestow.”

    The Southhampton Press

  • “Lives of the main characters take on the very crises and high emotion dramatized in literature. What a delight!”


  • “Wolitzer’s subtle analysis reveals the underlying hopes and tensions that guide each woman’s daily life as she struggles to come to terms with her own choices and mistakes, led, in part, by the heroines of the books Angela has chosen.”


  • “Wolitzer manages to wrest originality from the jaws of cliché with this sharply observed, multi-voiced novel.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Abby | 2/6/2014

    " I wasn't loving it by about 50 pages and it was due back to library. So as much as I hate quitting a book, I quit and will move on to something else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/6/2014

    " I never finished this. I think I just enjoy thrillers, or supernatural books better. It was kind of boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kerry | 1/30/2014

    " I think the author had a clever idea to draw parallels between the books in the book club and her characters, but it just didn't work for me. This could have been because I've never read most of the books she referred to, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/27/2014

    " Light easy read, but wasn't thrilled with the ending "

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About the Author

Hilma Wolitzer is the author of several novels, including Hearts, Ending, and Tunnel of Love. She is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award. She has taught at the University of Iowa, New York University, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.