Thursday, June 25, 2020

That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson

A novel about mothers and daughters, about taking chances, about exploding secrets and testing the boundaries of family.

Years ago, during a certain summer in Maine, two young women, unaware of each other, met a charismatic man at a craft fair and each had a brief affair with him. For Jane it was a chance to bury her recent pain in raw passion and redirect her life. For Susie it was a fling that gave her troubled marriage a way forward.

Now, sixteen years later, the family lives these women have made are suddenly upended when their teenage girls meet as strangers on social media. They concoct a plan to spend the summer in Maine with the man who is their biological father. Their determination puts them on a collision course with their mothers, who must finally meet and acknowledge their shared past and join forces as they risk losing their only daughters to a man they barely know.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

This is a book with a number of layers, but we get to see the story from different viewpoints – partly due to the reading/writing of never to be opened letters to the daughters and partly as the chapters swap between narrators. There is a lot of inner monologue, which I am not a huge fan of, particularly when it is expressing feelings which could have been demonstrated in other ways. But I did enjoy finding out all the nuances and reasoning that they protagonists had for their actions. Each of them believed that they were doing the thing that worked best for them. Thankfully, once they work out that happiness can be found in the simple and the honest. It can be found all around you, and sometimes being open to it, communicating clearly, and giving a hug when you want one, can work wonders.

There are some really fun bits, like the girls and Silas lying on the grass in the rain, the trip out on the boat. But there were some very discordant ones for me too – especially the beer incident, and a few times I wanted to put Eve on the naughty step! I was very curious as to how it could all work out, but I was mostly satisfied with how it ended. I think anyone in that situation might find it a salutary reminder of how lies definitely find you out, and how the grass is never greener on the other side!

Brianna Wolfson is a New York native living in San Francisco. Her narrative nonfiction has been featured on Medium, Upworthy and The Moth. She buys a lottery ticket every Friday.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson to read and review.

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