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Dune Road: A Novel Hardcover – June 16, 2009
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In the latest inviting summer read from bestseller Green (The Beach House), divorced mom Kit Hargrove learns about family, love, and the price of secrets while rediscovering passion for life and her small Connecticut beach town. As the off-season begins, Kit is still recovering from the breakup of her marriage (to solicitous but work-obsessed Adam), working for famously reclusive author Robert McClore, and practicing yoga with her new friend Tracy. Upheaval soon arrives in the form of a mysterious new boyfriend and a long-lost sister, as well as a scandalous secret regarding Kit's much-desired employer. Green's newest has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters. With three main plots, however, Green tries to pack in too much story, ultimately shortchanging her characters and her readers.
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“Inviting…has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters.”—Publishers Weekly
“Masterful…astute…A terrific summer beach book.”—Connecticut Post
More Praise for the Novels of Jane Green
“Gripping and powerful.”—Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The perfect summer read.”―Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in...Green’s sympathetic portrayals...resonate.”—USA Today
“Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing.”―Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author
“Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”―People
“The kind of novel you’ll gobble up at a single sitting.”—Cosmopolitan
“A smart, complex, character-driven read.”—The Washington Post
“Green’s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.”—Redbook --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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She hasn’t downsized to poverty…she is just not in the same social set. But Kit never enjoyed that scene anyway. She takes a job as an assistant to a best-selling author, Robert McClore, and finds a new mother figure in her next-door neighbor Edie. She still regularly socializes with her best friend Charlie, even though Charlie is still married and living in the big house.
Then along comes Tracy, and this is where things start getting interesting. Tracy seems like a con artist to me, and she is making some very questionable moves. What will we learn about her?
A new man suddenly pops up…compliments of Tracy pointing him out. Is there more to this story?
What appeared to be just the usual novel about new beginnings starts to take on a different premise, as more and more unexpected events are triggered, and Kit’s new life begins unfolding in unpredictable ways.
How do secrets from Kit’s mother’s past suddenly reveal themselves and begin to change everything Kit thought she knew about her and about her own life?
The characters that populate Dune Road: A Novel were interesting, like real people who do annoying things to one another, while keeping potentially dangerous secrets. We see their vulnerabilities, their flaws, and watch how they deal with financial set-backs in the worst economic downturn in recent history. They are forced to question their attitudes, beliefs, and plans, and they must struggle to redefine who they are. The conclusion left me with a feeling of positivity. 4.5 stars.
I am not one to review the whole book -- readers of reviews can find the story elsewhere -- and while I didn't have too much trouble with the story itself, not thrilled with much of the details of the characters.
The main character Kit's best friend,Charlie's husband loses his job in our most recent recession and the family's wealth. Charlie's social circle begins to shrink just as her friend Kit's circle did when she divorced. Woman in a small wealthy community will stop inviting people who are divorced or no longer weathly to their social gatherings plus gossip about "those poor souls". This portion of the novel is painfully a correct depiction of the behavior of some weathly suburban women.
The character development of the four main characters; Kit, Tracy, Robert and Charlie never gave me a sense of who they really were...good, bad, etc. Tracy behavior was understandable but why on earth did she let Jed back into her life? Being an abused woman in the past, I stay as far away as possible from my abuser. Jed is the typical sociopath who loves only himself and hates all women and Tracy seems to be intelligent enough to stay away.
Dune Road is an enjoyable story if not a great novel.