Monday, May 10, 2021
Book Review: "That Summer" by Jennifer Weiner
Daisy has the life she thought she always wanted—a beautiful home, a growing cooking business—but there are definitely downsides. Her husband is demanding and belittling, her teenage daughter is rebelling, and she wonders if this is all that her life will hold.
She starts getting emails meant for another woman, Diana (their email addresses are one character apart), which always discuss fancy events and important responsibilities. If it’s possible to be envious of a person’s life from a distance, that’s the way Daisy feels.
After forwarding and receiving emails, the two women strike up a conversation and decide to meet. They wind up forming a friendship that becomes important to both of them. But the start of the relationship wasn’t completely coincidental—Diana might not be quite what she says she is. What will that mean for Daisy?
This is an interesting story spanning more than 30 years, narrated by the two women and Daisy’s daughter. There are sadly, all-too-familiar themes, but in Jennifer Weiner’s hands, That Summer is a compelling and emotional story.
I’ve come late to Weiner’s books, having only read the last three now. Which of her older books should I read?
Atria Books sent me a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!
That Summer publishes 5/11!
Labels: 1980s, book reviews, family, fiction, friendship, lies, love, marriage, motherhood, nostalgia, relationships, secrets
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