Ruthie has the perfect life, but she has to give it up every summer, so she can keep it.
On Long Island, New York, whether you’re on the south shore in the Hamptons or the North shore, on the Sound, THE HIGH SEASON begins Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend.
Author, Judy Bundell sets her sight on the rich and not necessarily so famous of the North shore in her novel, THE HIGH SEASON (RandomHouse). It puts the microscope on those who live to wine and dine and spend the money they have and don’t, in order to get a really great tan. (just kidding) It’s social-climbing on steroids.
Ruthie Beamish has the house. But in order to keep it, she has to rent it out during the best time of the year – the summer season. No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house. It’s on the north shore, right on the Long Island sound, two ferry rides from the glitzier Hamptons. The house is her nest egg, the retirement account she shares with her ex-husband, Mike. They plan to leverage it so they can send their daughter, Jem to college.
This year, the flashier Hamptons set decide to crash the North shore. A-list Adeline Clay rents the house and brings along her rich, connected lifestyle and is about and to put the North shore on the map.
Adeline decides to help herself to Ruthie’s life, which she finds quaint and hers to take. The widow of a blue-chip artist, living in a world defined by luxury and ease, Adeline demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie’s life.
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.
I could picture myself walking along the shore, in the sand, with the waves gently coming on shore and a copy of THE HIGH SEASON in my beach bag. Afterwards, it’s time to stop for a nice chilled Sauvignon Blanc and caesar salad with shrimp.
Judy Blundell is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel What I Saw and How I Lied won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The High Season is her first novel for adults. She lives on Long Island with her husband and daughter.
THE HIGH SEASON will be published May 22nd. Be sure to pre-order your copy on-line or at your favorite local bookstore.
Thanks to Random House, we have one copy of THE HIGH SEASON to giveaway. Just tell us what you love most about summer.
We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck. Have a fabulous weekend.
GIVEAWAY: USA only, please.