The High Season

The High Season

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"On Memorial Day weekend in a seaside town on Long Island, Ruthie, her still-adored ex-husband, Mike, and the couple's sullen fifteen-year-old daughter, Jem, are packing up the last bits of their household in preparation for the yearly arrival of a wealthy renter from Manhattan. It is what Jem calls "the summer bummer"; her parents own a beautiful house that they have renovated by hand from top to bottom, but which they can only afford to keep by leasing it out during the best part of the year.Soon Ruthie's relationship with Mike seems about to disappear for good. The job she loves, as the underpaid and undervalued director of the local arts museum, is under siege from a coterie of rich women from the city, who want to use it as an opportunity for social climbing. An old flame who once broke her heart and betrayed her is back on the scene, causing Ruthie to re-evaluate their romance. And in the midst of it all, her teenage daughter Jem could be involved in a dangerous and destructive relationship of her own.This is a novel about the dreams and ambitions of youth coming to terms with the realities of middle-age; about the way desperation can make us astonish ourselves; and about how the most disruptive events in our lives can sometimes twist endings into new beginnings"--
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525508717
Branch Call Number: FIC BLU
Characteristics: 396 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 17, 2019

I took a chance and was disappointed.Although Blundell has wit and humor at times the main story is a compilation of rich folk or rich wannabes each desiring for more in the summer Hampton's setting.

Sep 12, 2018

High Season tells the story of Ruthie, and how one summer unravels the life she's built for herself. The story also follows Ruthie's daughter, as she navigates the treacherous waters of high school social life; and one of Ruthie's employees. The book is narrated from the perspectives of all three, which is a plot device I enjoy in a novel. A good summer read, you'll get through it on a lazy weekend.

Aug 20, 2018

Consumed The High Season by Judy Blundell in a day. It's a good summer book set in summer in Orient, North Fork, Long Island NY, a real place, so I learned. It has rich summer renters, townies, artists, divorcing and new couples, lesbians, a secret instagrammer, more artists and art brokers, true friends, oysters, and a local historical and art museum. Fun read.
Re comment below comparing this to The Nest, not imho. The Nest characters were more insular and effed up and none of them except maybe the oldest sibling (a professor?) came across as a real person. The High Season characters instead came across as human albeit in a heightened reality.

multcolib_karene May 30, 2018

A perfect summer read but this would also be a really good book during other seasons. The main character is witty, the author has a wonderfully perceptive way of looking at the world, and it all culminates in a happy, slightly imperfect way (just the way life often is).

May 15, 2018

This book was a disappointment. After reading an excerpt, I really expected a different finished product. What I wanted to experience was that summer feeling -- brush shoulders with a few rich and famous New Yorkers -- a fun beach read. This story was written well, but there was just too much dysfunction and deplorable for me. This is a good book for people who liked The Nest. It was not for me.

ArapahoeKati Mar 05, 2018

I loved the characters and the setting--what a smart summer novel! I enjoy novels that give me a peek into the lives of the well-to-do from the perspective of someone who...isn't.

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