Summer Sisters: A Novel

By Judy Blume

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in the summertime of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s international adjustments endlessly while Caitlin Somers chooses her as a chum. wonderful, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the center of her sprawling, eccentric family members, beginning doorways to an international of incredible privilege, sweeping her away to vacation trips on Martha’s winery, a fascinating position the place the 2 associates turn into “summer sisters.”
Now, years later, Vix is operating in ny urban. Caitlin is getting married at the winery. And the early magic in their lengthy, complex friendship has light. yet Caitlin begs Vix to come back to her marriage ceremony, to be her maid of honor. And Vix understands that she's going to go—because she desires to comprehend what occurred in the course of that final shattering summer time. And, in the end those years, she must recognize why her top friend—her summer season sister—still has the facility to wreck her heart.
Praise for Summer Sisters
“Compulsively readable . . . [Blume’s] powers are prodigious.”The big apple instances publication Review
“As hot as a summer season breeze blowing via your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor making a song ‘How candy It Is.’ You take into accout. So does Judy Blume. How candy it was.”Chicago Tribune
“An really relocating tale which could depart the reader giggling and crying . . . occasionally while . . . Blume creates a wealthy tapestry of characters.”The Denver Post
“Blume’s characters nonetheless are inclined to hover after the publication is determined apart. . . . She catches completely the well-armored love among longtime woman friends.”The Seattle Times

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It’s my grandmother’s gown,” she tells Vix. “I took you to determine her grave as soon as … take into account? ” “I keep in mind. ” “Dorset despatched it to me. It healthy completely. Didn’t even desire alteration. i'm wondering if Grandmother Somers will realize? not likely. She doesn’t see that good. She’s ninety-something. ” She stops in entrance of the replicate. Her face is flushed. “I can’t think dwelling that lengthy, are you able to? ” Vix can’t think whatever past this present day and she’s having difficulty with that. She lifts the veil from its nest of tissue paper yet prior to she will be able to set it on Caitlin’s head, Caitlin catches her by means of the arm. “Wait …” She turns clear of the reflect to stand Vix. “About final evening …” she starts off. Oh God … she is familiar with … he’s advised her! probably she should still confess now, get it out of how, beg her forgiveness … “What I stated within the Jeep? ” Caitlin keeps, as though she’s asking a query. “When I advised you I wasn’t yes approximately marrying Bru? ” Vix feels dizzy. “I by no means complete what i used to be attempting to say, what i wanted to assert …” “You don’t need to explain,” Vix tells her, hoping she won’t. “Everyone will get last-minute jitters. ” “No, it’s now not approximately last-minute jitters,” Caitlin says. “It’s approximately Bru and me …” Vix holds her breath. She’s by no means regretted whatever the way in which she regrets final evening. If merely she may well take it again. “I continuously sought after what you had,” Caitlin says. “You’re the one that had every little thing. ” “That’s no longer the way in which I observed it. You have been the daughter Abby consistently sought after. You have been helpful of the Somers beginning scholarships. You even had breasts. So I needed to end up i used to be sexier. I needed to turn out i'll have any man i needed … even Bru. ” “Well, now you’ve obtained him. ” “I don’t suggest now, even if there’s anything old fashioned approximately marrying your first lover. ” Vix is carefully pressured. “Aren’t you forgetting the ski teacher … in Italy … junior yr? ” Caitlin shakes her head. “I invented him for you. ” “You invented the ski teacher? ” “So you’d imagine i used to be first. ” Vix is having hassle digesting this. “You suggest you lied? ” “Couldn’t we simply say i used to be imaginitive? ” “Imaginative? ” “Okay … so I lied. ” “What approximately Von? Did you are making him up, too? ” And what concerning the different hundred or so she’s heard approximately through the years? “Oh, Von … we by no means truly, you recognize, consummated our affair. He wouldn’t put on a condom. you will see the place that received him. besides, he loved the entire different stuff higher. ” They stand there each other till Caitlin says, “You suggest you by no means knew … you by no means guessed? ” Vix feels as though she can’t breathe. She grasps the mattress rail. Caitlin’s voice is going whispery. “After Nathan … after the funeral, whilst I got here again to the winery …” Vix turns away. No! She refuses to think this. She seems out the window because the flower ladies line up by means of dimension, each wearing a number of daisies. “You requested me to give an explanation for to him,” Caitlin says. “You requested me to inform him why you couldn’t come again. ” She comes up in the back of Vix and lays a hand on her arm. “It simply occurred. It didn’t suggest whatever. rather. ” Vix doesn’t circulation. Caitlin grabs carry of her, forces her to pay attention.

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