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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Anderson, Justin Cronin Narrator: Lucy Rayner, Julia Emelin, Kirsten Holly Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Summer Guest explores love as the binding agent of life, not the factor that pulls it apart. And damned if Cronin doesn’t almost sell you on it.”

    Washington Post

  • “Justin Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.”

    Boston Globe

  • “It’s a work of art.”

    The Philidelphia Inquirer

  • “Here is a gifted and assured writer whose work reveals a fine sense of place and thoughtful characters who have something worth saying…The Summer Guest is a haunting story about the way time changes us and about what endures.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “The beauty of The Summer Guest lies in Cronin’s ability to create meaning in each character’s situation…Cronin creates deep, sincere characters with whom readers feel a powerful sense of investment.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The novel’s recognition of human frailty and nobility rings true, as does its faithful recreation of a place outside the storms of history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Luminous.”


  • “Graceful…Pleasant people in a pleasant setting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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