Adult Fiction WOLITZE
Summary: Can reading change your life? Following her acclaimed novel The Doctor' s Daughter, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer has now written a stirring tale about friendship, romance, inspiration, longing, and, especially, the love of good books. Summer Reading offers a seductive glimpse into the intersecting lives of three very different women. Summer in the Hamptons means crowded beaches during the day and lavish parties in the evening, but Angela Graves, a retired English professor, prefers the company of Gabriel Garci a Ma rquez and Charlotte Bronte . Her only steady social contacts are with the women in the reading groups she leads, among them, is wealthy Lissy Snyder, a beautiful newlywed who hosts the twice-monthly meetings of the Page Turners and takes pains to hide a reading disability and her emotional neediness. Hamptons local Michelle Cutty, Lissy' s housecleaner, eavesdrops on the group' s discussions- of books and gossip- when she' s not snooping through Lissy' s closets. All three women secretly struggle with troubling personal issues that threaten the tenuous balance of their lives: Lissy, abandoned by her father in childhood, is now the unwilling stepmother of her husband' s hostile children; Michelle, resentful of the moneyed arrogance of the jet-setting, seasonal " invaders, " can' t secure a commitment from her fisherman boyfriend; and solitary, bookish Angela still bears the shameful memory of a disastrous love affair that took place long ago. As Angela encourages the Page Turners to identify with the literary heroines of Trollope and Flaubert, the books- in fact, the actof reading itself- will influence the tough choices the women must make. Stunningly evocative and richly imagined, Summer Reading explores the meaning and consequences of living an authentic life.
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Alyssa "Lissy" Snyder
Hosts a summer book discussion group at her home; hopes to get into the Hampton social scene; pretends to follow what is going on in the discussion groups; husband is spending more time with his children and first wife than with her.
Former English professor; runs a summer book discussion at Lissy's house; hopes to inspire her group to take life lessons from the books' character.