Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Book Blurb: Barefoot

Barefoot: A Novel
by Elin Hilderbrand
(c) 2007 (Trade Paberback release June 2008)
Little, Brown & Co. --Hardback
Back Bay Books --Trade

Three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a Nantucket native home from college for the summer. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women-- two sisters and one friend--make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, learned her husband was having an affair, and then discovered she's pregnant; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vicki, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, lover.

Let me count the known elements of this story that are hooks for me: beaches, babies, sisters, friendship, romance, marriage, motherhood, infidelity, infertility, girl talk, secrets...all seasoned with shakers of sun, sand and sea.

As announced in this post, this is the ninth of twelve Book Blurbs I plan to do for the review copies I received from Hachette books last month. There will also be more substantial book reviews for each of them as either Ed or I read them.

Don't forget to check back next week for the giveaway contest for Josh Henkin's Matrimony.

2 tell me a story:

Julia Phillips Smith 9/17/2008 8:59 AM  

Sounds like a great read. And the cover's wonderful.

Candy Minx 9/17/2008 2:42 PM  

What hooked me was the failed fertility angle...the stretched out summer ahead...and the enticing Josh who was checking out the women...

Good stuff as ever.

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