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Publisher's Summary

"A shimmering story of art, money, and celebrity, The High Season is wicked summer fun." (Helen Simonson, New York Times best-selling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)

The Hamptons hath no fury like a woman scorned. 

No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. Lovingly renovated, located by the sea in a quiet Long Island village, the house is her nest egg - the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year.

It's Memorial Day weekend, and Ruthie has packed up their belongings for what Jem calls “the summer bummer”: the family’s annual exodus to make way for renters. This year, the Hamptons set has arrived. The widow of a blue-chip artist, Adeline Clay is elegant, connected, and accompanied by a “gorgeous satellite” stepson. But soon Adeline demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie’s life - her house, her friends, even her husband (okay, ex-husband, but still). And after her job as the director of a local museum is threatened, Ruthie finally decides to fight back.

Meanwhile, away from the watchful eyes of her parents, Jem is tasting independence at her first summer job but soon finds herself growing up too fast. One of Ruthie’s employees, a master of self-invention named Doe, infiltrates the inner circle of an eccentric billionaire and his wayward daughter. With a coterie of social climbers and Ruthie’s old flame thrown into the mix, the entire town finds itself on the verge of tumultuous change. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same.

In a novel packed with indelible characters, crackling wit, and upstairs/downstairs drama, Judy Blundell emerges as a voice for all seasons - a wry and original storyteller who knows how the most disruptive events in our lives can twist endings into new beginnings.

©2018 Judy Blundell (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“The sophisticated and delicious portrayal of subtle class warfare at the shore would make a perfect beach book, but it’s a pleasure to [listen to] any time.” (Library Journal)

“A mesmerizing, head-spinning - and sometimes madcap-hilarious - take of have and have-nots. Populated by artists, a billionaire and his aimless daughter, scheming teenagers and backstabbing adults, it’s the perfect beach read even if there’s no sand in sight.” (People)

“A let’s-get-lost tale of romance, high art, and class intrigue...in the smart, breezy sweet spot between Meg Wolitzer and Elin Hilderbrand.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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Great listen

Enjoyed very much but found it a little hard in the beginning to follow characters. Figured it out but tricky at times.

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Beach read extraordinaire

Binged this audiobook in less than a week. A fun summer beach read that will make you wish your toes were in the sand or Long Island Sound. Especially good narration.

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Sort of like cotton candy

This mindless book about the next best town to "The Hamptons" rich folk and wannabees was interesting enough to finish while half listening at work, but barely. It didn't help the story that the narrator's male voices were like chalk on a blackboard only worse in so many ways. If you're looking for something light to read, this is your book.

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Glad I tried this one!

Great summer beach read! Almost passed on this one because there weren't any written reviews so I figured I'd write a small one. This was a really enjoyable listen and I was excited to get back into it every chance I got. Lots of characters with different ages and different backgrounds which made it very entertaining. If you need a fun listen definitely try this one out!