Alice Brill wakes up one day with a vague but nagging sensation of unease in her chest that signals trouble. Is it her marriage - drifting along for years on autopilot - that's so troubling? Her unrealized aspirations as a writer? Her unsettled younger son? Or is it something about her father, once a prominent surgeon but now slipping deeper into senility in a nursing home? There is also the matter of the writer whose book she's editing in her new profession as a "book doctor".
When Edward Schuyler - a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher - is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching.
"Lovely book, easy read, wonderful characters"
Summer Reading is the story of three women whose disparate lives intersect in the Hamptons. Lissy Snyder, a beautiful, emotionally needy newlywed, is the unwilling stepmother of her husband’s hostile children. Her eavesdropping housecleaner, Michelle, a local, is resentful of the moneyed arrogance of the vacationing “invaders” and can’t get a commitment from her fisherman boyfriend. Solitary, bookish Angela Graves harbors the shameful memory of a disastrous affair....
"trying to find meaning in the superficial"
Edward Schuyler, 62 und Biologieprofessor in New York, vergräbt sich nach dem plötzlichen Tod seiner Frau Bee in Arbeit. Er plant ein einsames Leben mit dem alten Familienhund. Doch wenn ein Gentleman wie er plötzlich wieder zu haben ist, schwirren sehr bald aufgeregte Damen um ihn herum.