Summer of '69

Summer of '69

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The #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller! Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-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: Hachette Book Group

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This book was written by someone who was born in 1969. For those of us who are old enough to have been socially conscious at that time, it is a nice opportunity to travel down Memory Lane. But those who remember protesting the Vietnam war, will find the handling of this topic a bit hard to swallow. I wonder how many of us who remember those times would agree that it was just great that we were brave and altruistic enough to fight for the freedom of the Vietnamese people? The history is good, but the tone kind of misses the point of the '60s.

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