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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 beuest that will forever change the lives of those around himFrom the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vie. It is so rare to read a book that has not one boring page in it This is an elegantly written family saga and suspenseful tale which is visually stunning and emotionally riveting Polished immersing unputdownable I wanted in I wanted to leap into the novel literally and connect with the characters personally There are times it brought me to my knees This is an author who braids craft with art without sacrificing one for the other Cronin controls his story and characters with a fierce yet velvet subtlety It shimmers like a cold clean pure Maine river The North Woods sparkles in all its four glorious seasons and becomes an important part of the story I was ready to chuck it all and find that spot in Maine and move there The prologue begins just after WW II and continues for about 20 pages We then are carried to the 1990 s where much of the action takes place all at this Maine fishing camp for tourists run by a family in its second generation of ownership It is a reflective story that draws heavily on past events Cronin masters the back and forth seuences of time without distracting or annoying the reader in fact the story blooms with time changes rather than halts After reading the last page I closed the book and just sat there staring at the cover drifting back into the story a shudder through my body a sigh that wouldn t uit It was such an exalting experience that I have to gush I want to share this compelling and unforgettable story with everyone It is practically flawless Literature and a page turner a passionate drama Cronin s powerful and well chosen narrative style and classy use of the English language prevents it from ever being melodrama My heart spills over my words

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Tnam 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 f. I am delighted to read the reviews about this book on Good Reads I agree with almost everything that s been said the Maine setting the deep and abiding affection through the generations both to a place and to people the decency of all of the characters It s pretty close to perfect

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Or three decades; and Joe and Lucy’s daughter Kate the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the pastAs 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 landscap. Bang I want no misunderstandings from the very beginning of this review I loved the crap out of this novel It wasn t perfect hence a 4 12 star rating what the heck is but pretty damned close A very simple story constructed around six complex and diverse characters linked with some very human and emotional dialog Think of reuniting with your closest childhood friend your first true love or any very special person you haven t seen in years but still think of often Think of the things you could share ultimately would share with this person That s what I felt reading this novel It s as if I were sharing a close but distant friend s life experiences I am an adult male and freely admit that this novel on than one occasion reuired me to set down my Kindle and wipe a tear from my eye stop my lip from uivering or just think of the people and events that are part of my own past To me Cornin demonstrates an ability to convey strong emotional feelings using simple everyday language He had grown into a fine young man strong and thoughtful organized in his affairs perhaps a little melancholy though that was understandable his mother was dying his father seemed only to have just found him like a book left carelessly on the patio or a ring of keys he d mislaidHis final pneumonia took him uickly a fever that rocketed skyward the tiny bottlelike lungs filling coma death within hours After all he d been through it seemed a mercy though of course that was an illusion something to say to fill the silence of his missing life the bicycle he would not ride the books he would not read the friends he would not have and the girl he would not kissIf you want a detailed description of the story read the book jacket or the publisher s summary The real uestion is will you enjoy this novel If you re willing to take a break from dystopian worlds cataclysmic encounters with alien cultures or the most recent plot to destroy democracy give it a shot and see how good writing can direct your thoughts even to places you may not have initially wanted to visit While I would hesitate to say that this novel had some profound impact upon me it has caused me to spend time wondering if some of the things I always thought were important really are The highest honor that I can bestow on any novel is to say that I was sad to finish it I was very sad to finish this one


10 thoughts on “The Summer Guest

  1. says:

    I wish that I liked vampire books because I sure love the way this author writes I recently finished Mary and O’Neil and now The Summer Guest Both novels were structured in a similar manner This elouent spare and poignant book evokes a strong sense of place as Cronin introduces the reader to an interconnected group of residents and visitors at a summer camp in Maine All the characters were well developed li

  2. says:

    I had Justin Cronin as a professor and he was pretty great He gave these uizzes to make sure you did the reading but they w

  3. says:

    It is so rare to read a book that has not one boring page in it This is an elegantly written family saga and suspenseful tale which is visually stunning and emotionally riveting Polished immersing unputdownable I wanted in I wanted

  4. says:

    This is my first Justin Cronin novel and I loved his writing I will say though I started this a couple of weeks ago and I just couldn't do it It was too wordy I tabled it for later I'm glad I did because once I started thi

  5. says:

    I am delighted to read the reviews about this book on Good Reads I agree with almost everything that's been said the Maine setting; the deep and abiding affection through the generations both to a place and to people; the decency of all of the characters It's pretty close to perfect

  6. says:

    A friend of mine gave me this book and said she really liked it The book was a little wrinkled because she got it wet in the bathrub I could not put this book down and found myself reading it in the tub alsoThis book alternates chapters between characters which I love The descriptions of Maine made me want to g

  7. says:

    Bang I want no misunderstandings from the very beginning of this review I loved the crap out of this novel It wasn't perfect hence a 4 12 star rating what the heck is? but pretty damned close A very simple story constructed around six complex and diverse characters linked with some very human and emotional dial

  8. says:

    Another good Justin Cronin book About relationships this time father and daughter His books are such a pleasure to read because he has this way with words that is mesmerizing Here's an example worth readingI had a dog once what a dog he was A retriever with something else mixed in a breed that liked to work and herd Aust

  9. says:

    299I love a nice cover and was immediately drawn to this one I had read The Passage which was a 4 star read but haven't completed the trilogy This book is nothing like The Passage The setting is a fishing camp in Maine the writing is so beautifully descriptive I felt I was right there It left me wishing I lived there The elegant writing sucked me in A family saga told in six point of views from Harry Joe Sr Lucy Kate Joe

  10. says:

    If I ever write a book I hope I write half as well as Justin Cronin I love his style the way he puts words together That is what struck me firstNext I became intrigued by the story which was revealed bit by bit It