The second home / Christina Clancy.

By: Clancy, Christina
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020Edition: First editionDescription: 341 pages ; 25 cmISBN: 9781250239341Other title: 2nd homeSubject(s): Brothers and sisters -- Fiction | Family secrets -- Fiction | Vacation homes -- Massachusetts -- Cape Cod -- Fiction | Cape Cod (Mass.) -- FictionSummary: "After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael. Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is tainted with bad memories. Poppy loves the old saltbox, but after years spent chasing waves around the world, she isn't sure she knows how to stay in one place. Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer. Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings must decide if they can continue to be a family-and the house just might be the glue that holds them together. Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances. Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p> "A novel of family and place and belonging." --Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist <br> <br> "Tender and suspenseful." --Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author <br> <br> Some places never leave you... <br> <br> After a disastrous summer spent at her family's home on Cape Cod when she is seventeen, Ann Gordon is very happy to never visit Wellfleet again. If only she'd stayed in Wisconsin, she might never have met Anthony Shaw, and she would have held onto the future she'd so carefully planned for herself. Instead, Ann ends up harboring a devastating secret that strains her relationship with her parents, sends her sister Poppy to every corner of the world chasing waves (and her next fling), andleaves her adopted brother Michael estranged from the family.<br> <br> Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and Poppy are left to decide the fate of the beach house that's been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is forever tainted with bad memories. And while Poppy loves the old saltbox on Drummer Cove, owning a house means settling, and she's not sure she's ready to stay in one place.<br> <br> Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about what happened that long-ago summer that changed all of their lives forever. As the siblings reunite after years apart, their old secrets and lies, longings and losses, are pulled to the surface. Is the house the one thing that can still bring them together--or will it tear them apart, once and for all?<br> <br> Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances. Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget.</p>

"After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael. Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is tainted with bad memories. Poppy loves the old saltbox, but after years spent chasing waves around the world, she isn't sure she knows how to stay in one place. Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer. Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings must decide if they can continue to be a family-and the house just might be the glue that holds them together. Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances. Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget"-- Provided by publisher.

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Kirkus Book Review

A single summer at their Cape Cod vacation home shatters the harmony among the three Gordon teenagers, splitting them off on separate, life-altering trajectories. With its fond descriptions of Cape Cod's land- and seascapes and an evocation of a historic house layered with love and secrets, Clancy's debut clearly has its eye firmly set on the summer-read market. Her family-based story is narrated from the perspectives of Ed and Connie Gordon's children--daughters Ann and Poppy and son Michael, whom they adopted after his mother died when he was 16. The kindly, pot-smoking Gordon parents are teachers based in Milwaukee, but the family's summers are always spent on the East Coast, in the comfy saltbox house originally owned by the children's great-grandfather. It's there, in 1999, that fractures develop, as Ann starts babysitting for the Shaw family and Poppy begins to break away, to surf and take drugs. Michael, a mistrustful teen with a history of abuse, is attracted to Ann, and his feelings might be reciprocated, but the budding--if inappropriate--attraction between them is eclipsed by an unhealthy relationship that develops between Ann and Anthony Shaw, father of her charges. The older man's pursuit of 17-year-old Ann will lead to a crossroads for her and for Michael, too, as manipulative Anthony enmeshes both of them in an intricate tangle of lies and deception. Clancy's novel rests heavily on this plot point, a not-entirely-solid structure that raises questions of credibility for the remainder of the tale. The story jumps forward to 2015, when a reckoning on the future of the house must be made even though the three siblings are still pulling in different directions. While matters head toward not unexpected resolutions, the immersiveness of this holiday read remains hobbled by cool characters and an implausible plot. The uninterrupted sunshine of a beach read is clouded by its awkward structure. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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