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Midsummer (edition 2004)
Midsummer by Marcelle Clements
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A splendid Hudson River estate, complete with cook and rose garden. The landscape is inebriating, the women are in full, passionate bloom, and the men are incomprehensible. Susie-chic, smart, spacey, and no longer promiscuous- decides, at forty-five, to do what she would have done at twenty-five: invite a group of amusing friends to spend eight weekends of summer in stunning surroundings. The invitees include her oldest friend, Kay, elegantly nursing a broken heart; her former lover Dodge-still the sexiest man she knows; his randy, neurotic, comedian friend Ron; and Elise, an on-the-cusp artist determined to be in a relationship before she hits forty. Add to the mix Susie's very ardent, very surprising twenty-four-year-old son, and an exhibitionist au pair next door, and you have a delicious romantic farce that deftly slides into and out of something quite a bit darker.
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"Susie wants to prove to her old schoolmate, Kay, that it's still possible to have fun two-and-a-half decades after college. She invites an ex-lover, Dodge, who brings in Ron, a comedian. On impulse, Susie also invites a woman artist she knows only slightly. Everyone looks forward to a respite from Manhattan but each privately anticipates something more, something deeper, something that will compensate for the relentless high-wire act of their regular lives." "Over the course of the summer, attraction and withdrawal succeed one another at an astonishing pace. Lust competes with experience. Flirtation vies with distrust, anxiety, and regret. When the party is crashed by Susie's ardent and surprising twenty-four-year-old son, as well as by the exhibitionist au pair next door, the summer turns into a study of desire - its charm, its futility, and its power."--BOOK JACKET.
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