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For Annie Barnes, going home to Middle River means dealing with truths long hidden. But it is a journey she knows she must take if she is to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.

To an outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But Annie grew up there, and she knows all its secrets - just like her idol, Grace Metalious, author of the infamous novel Peyton Place, which laid a small town's sexual secrets bare for all the world to see.

Annie Barnes is now a best-selling author, and when the residents of Middle River hear she is returning for a lengthy visit, everyone believes she's come home to write about them. But passion and rage propel Annie on a different course altogether. Coming face-to-face with decades of secrets and lies, she knows she must find the strength to move beyond the legacy of Grace Metalious, defying her past to heal the wounds of the town and her own family.

©2005 Barbara Delinsky (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike."(Times Union)
"A compelling read." (Library Journal)
"Delinsky is at her best." (Booklist)

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  • Donna
  • Lenoir, NC, United States
  • 01-14-13

Good, after a slow start

After a rather slow beginning, the book picked up and became a good read, which is what I expect of Barbara Delinsky. As always, the story was good although the ending was a little less imaginative than some of her other books. Still, I like the way you always learn so much about her topic as you read.

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