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The High Season: A Novel Kindle Edition
"You will revel in the human drama and comedy of this skillfully told tale. Wise, funny, and insightful, Judy Blundell tells the story of one woman that says something about all of us, our aspirations, and the delicate state of the American dream."--Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Kiss Carlo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0755YWWMM
- Publisher : Random House; Reprint edition (22 May 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 4257 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 476,033 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In order to make ends meet, Ruthie rents her ocean-view house out from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. This year, the wealthy widow of a famous artist will be renting it for the entire summer. Adeline Clay arrives early with her petulant 23-year-old step-son in tow. (Back in her youth, when she was trying to become a successful artist, Ruthie worked for Adeline's husband, Peter Clay.) Meanwhile, Ruthie and Jem will live in a wealthy friend's "playhouse" while the friend and her family summer in France. The friend suggests that Ruthie borrow her clothes to try to update her dowdy image.
Adeline's arrival turns the town upside down, as her ex-boyfriend, the super-rich artist Daniel Mantis shows up on several occasions. The social-climbing Chair of the Museum's Board wants to land Mantis as an exhibitor and convinces the other Board members that Ruthie isn't doing enough to support her plans and has Ruthie fired. Up to this point, I kind of liked Ruthie, but her reaction was not only unreasonable, but unhinged and borderline insane.
Throw in this mix a few locals, Ruthie's lesbian best friend, Ruthie's assistant from the Museum, Ruthie's old boyfriend (also a former artist who now owns and operates an oyster shack), Daniel Mantis' daughter Lark, the bitchy Museum Board members and you have a confusing mish-mosh that's hard to follow. Frankly, not one character was really likeable and the author's presentation of them did nothing to make you care about them. I kept hoping the storyline would get better, but it got worse and more convoluted as I read on.