The beauty of The Summer Guest lies in Cronin's ability to create meaning in each character's situation. Whether dodging the draft on a fishing boat in rural Canada, serving up clams by the Boston Harbor, saying goodbye to a loved one, or finding new love where you were once afraid to look, Cronin creates deep, sincere characters with whom readers feel a powerful sense of investment. ("Here is grief, I thought, here is grief at last: the full measure and heft of it... I watched myself enter it as if I were stepping into a pool of the calmest, darkest waters... a feeling like happiness, everything drifting away ") This ability to make what at first may seem like a quiet day of fishing seem extraordinary is what sets Cronin apart from other novelists, and what makes a story of the everyday business of living, loving and dying seem somewhat extraordinary. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this a number of yearsw ago and still enjoyed it the second time around.Published 13 days ago by Chowder Head
I was looking for a book for my book club that would appeal to a diverse group and chose Summer Guest based on a recommendation of an acquaintance. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Megan E.
I enjoy the description of the relationship between the different people and also the scenario.Published 1 month ago by Abraham Stein
The Summer Guest is an exceptionally beautiful novel which moved me to tears, laughter, and pure delight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Book Barmy
Love this book. Sorry it ended, but great reading. Loved the charactersPublished 2 months ago by Debbie L. Greene
This was a good book - definitely kept me interested. Covered a large span of the lives of many characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Olivia L Fortney
I thought this book would never end. If you like a LOT of unrelated minutia, go for it. I found it tiresome to sort thru all the flotsam to find the story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol P.
Good read. The ending was a little blah but overall i enjoyed itPublished 3 months ago by Edwin Williams
I really loved this book. I loved the setting in Maine in an off the beaten path and loving to fly fish I enjoyed this story of relationships entertained. Very well written.Published 4 months ago by Nancy K. Johnson