The Islanders) follows a family’s tribulations while summering in Maine in her delectable latest. NYU history professor Louisa McLean brings her three children to her parents’ summer home in Rockland without her husband, Steven, who stays behind and continues putting in long hours in chasing his dream of selling his podcast company. Louisa, resentful at having to deal with the kids herself, also hopes the time away will help her stop procrastinating on writing her book. Tensions mount as her mother reveals that paying to care for Louisa’s father, Martin, a judge who now has Alzheimer’s, might require them to sell the family house as soon as the following year. Then a young woman named Kristie Turner arrives by Greyhound after her mother’s death, determined for reasons that are only revealed later to gain an audience with Martin. She decides to stay a while, gets a job as a waitress, and worries about money after learning she’s pregnant. Kristie’s life is detailed in sharp contrast to Louisa’s leisurely days, as Louisa weighs a desire to help Kristie with her parents’ needs. Steven’s lack of understanding over how much the house means to Louisa, meanwhile, causes tensions to flare. Moore details the dicey situation with nuance and grace. Readers are in for a treat. (June)
A beautifully in-depth novel chronicling the intersection of the lives of three strangers during one fateful summer. [Moore’s] characters are strong, and the realistic situations are both heartfelt and heartbreaking. An excellent combination of character exploration and intrigue.
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Two half sisters who have never met—a New York University professor and a waitress—spend the summer in the small town of Rockland, Maine.
Louisa Fitzgerald McLean, a tenured NYU history professor, is almost done with her sabbatical and feels like a complete mess. She hasn't been working on her planned book, her three children are taking up all her energy, and her husband, Steven, is so consumed with getting his new podcast company up and running that he has no time for her or the family. A decision is made: She and the children will spend the summer in Maine with her mother, Annie, and father, Martin—retired chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine—at her family’s vacation house while Steven stays in Brooklyn and works. Over the course of the summer, Mattie, 12, falls in love; Abigail, 10, writes letters to her father and loses herself in
Bridge to Terabithia, board games, and the water; and Claire, 7, listens, watches, bosses people around, and has a tremendous time learning secrets and suffering the tragedies that only a youngest sibling can suffer. Everything looks—and is—wonderful, but Louisa and Steven’s marriage is under strain, her book isn’t coming along, her father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse, her mother’s endless reservoir of money is drying up, and she discovers that her father is not perfect. Kristie, a half sister Louisa never knew about, arrives in Maine, three years sober and looking for her own closure after her mother’s recent death. Author Moore has expertly woven together first-person narratives from Louisa; Kristie; Martin; the family’s housekeeper Pauline; and the children to create an engrossing story of one summer, many summers, multiple lives.
A truly lovely tale of families, love, mistakes, forgiveness, and, yes, happiness.
There’s sun, sea and major drama—you’ll be carried away.” —
"What a pleasure to open
Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore and be invited for the summer to midcoast Maine. A novel full of rich, complex characters, deep blue-gray ocean views, and simmering secrets, Vacationland is as sophisticated and delicious as lobster bisque." — Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards
"Irresistible." — vogue.com
"Delectable...Readers are in for a treat." —
"Engrossing....A truly lovely tale of families, love, mistakes, forgiveness, and, yes, happiness." —
"Captures the breezy feel of a summer in Maine while addressing a variety of problems, from work/life balance to paternity, that will resonate with readers." —
"Full of breathtaking Maine sunsets and family drama writ large and small,
Vacationland is both an escapist summer read and a thoughtful examination of motherhood, privilege and what makes a family." — Shelf Awareness
“[A] scintillating, dishy, and dark novel perfect for those who enjoyed
Never Have I Ever and Big Little Lies.” — Bookreporter.com on Two Truths and a Lie
“Meg Mitchell Moore fills [Maeve Binchy’s] big shoes....If you’re feeling landlocked and water-deprived,
The Islanders is the ticket to the getaway you need.” — New York Times Book Review
"This fast-paced, witty beach read has all the elements of a great drama, including a Greek chorus of second-grade moms providing color commentary. Perfect for fans of
Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere."
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Meg Mitchell Moore fills [Maeve Binchy’s] big shoes....If you’re feeling landlocked and water-deprived,
The Islanders is the ticket to the getaway you need.
New York Times Book Review
[A] scintillating, dishy, and dark novel perfect for those who enjoyed
Never Have I Ever and Big Little Lies.
Bookreporter.com on Two Truths and a Lie