Summer Sisters: A Novel (Paperback)

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A complicated coming-of-age story about how friendships change. Dysfunctional and complex with maybe repressed queer undertones, this is an old favorite that I like to revisit for a melancholy day at the beach. Originally published in in 1998 and set in the late 70s, be prepared for a few outdated turns of phrase that may be a bit uncomfy (i.e. critical reading recommended). A great pairing with Ferrante. 

— From Andrea


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • “Summer Sisters is a book to return to again and again.”—Colleen Hoover

“As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing ‘How Sweet It Is.’ You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was.”—Chicago Tribune

In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, an enchanting place where the two friends become “summer sisters.”
Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin begs Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go—because she wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart.

About the Author

Judy Blume is one of America’s most beloved authors. She has written books for all ages. Her twenty-nine titles include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Forever; Wifey; and, most recently, In the Unlikely Event. Her books have sold more than eighty-five million copies in thirty-two languages. She lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband, George Cooper. In 2023, she was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year.

Praise For…

“Compulsively readable . . . [Blume’s] powers are prodigious.”The New York Times Book Review

Summer Sisters is a book to return to again and again.”—Colleen Hoover

“An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying . . . sometimes at the same time . . . Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters.”The Denver Post
“Blume’s characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside. . . . She catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends.”The Seattle Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385337663
ISBN-10: 0385337663
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: May 27th, 2003
Pages: 432
Language: English