Summer of '69

Summer of '69

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times are changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.
Publisher: New York, New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780316492812
Characteristics: 425 pages ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Summer of sixty-nine

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AnneCarolineDrake
Aug 11, 2019

During the summer of '69, I was a young, naive bride who had jettisoned with considerable glee her small town life for the bright lights of Chicago.

While the book captured the headlines of the summer, it didn't fully deliver on the lifestyle at exclusive clubs or the vibrant fashion explosion.

It was, however, a sobering reminder of how much everyone ~ including pregnant women ~ smoked and drank.

Well, 1968 was the worst year in American history since the Civil War, so I guess 1969 must have looked good by comparison.

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legalsec2504
Aug 04, 2019

August 4, 2019 - on the Tulsa World Best Seller's List

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Eddybear23
Jul 30, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Brought back good memories of a wonderful time in my life. So blessed to have lived and enjoyed the 60's. Baby boomers rock!

Gina_Vee Jul 29, 2019

This title is on the New York Times Bestseller List and rightfully so. I hesitated to check this book out because I don't naturally gravitate towards anything that might look like historical fiction, but this was a really good read! Surprisingly, I even learned something new from it.

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ccnoot
Jul 19, 2019

Costco

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chantal_brougham
Jul 03, 2019

One of my favourite author, I love her books, a must read

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bricky
Jun 30, 2019

A perfect summer read. Absolutely love her books. Would love to be able to visit Nantucket although with reading her books you feel like you have already been there.

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kennyt49
Jun 18, 2019

This is a must read for me, having grown up in that time period and graduating HS that year! I remember those events like they were yesterday!

debwalker Jun 18, 2019

69 was a wild ride for the boomer generation. Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and a family experiences dramatic upheavals in Nantucket. Ultimate beach read.

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