Summers at Blue Lake
As a young girl, Barbara Jean Ellington spent summers at her grandmothers' home in a small Pennsylvania town. It was not the most conventional of households, formed as it was by two women who lived as partners in life as well as in business, but it had been a welcome retreat for a shy girl who had issues with her own mother and who needed room to grow.
Now both grandmothe...more
Now both grandmothe...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published August 3rd 2007 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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Summers at Blue Lake bounces back and forth between the present (approximately now) and various points in the childhood and youth of Our Protagonist, Bobbi, or BJ as she was sometimes called. Most important are the summers she spent with her grandmothers, a loving lesbian couple. In the present Bobbi has just gone through a painful divorce with a cheating husband. She arrives to take possession of her late grandma Anja's house. During one summer she reconnects with old friends and learns things...more
A Novel of family secrets...it states on the cover.The book was 315 pgs. long and the story could have been told in half that many pages. But it is this author's 1st book so she might get better. I read the whole thing because I wanted to find out how the story ended but I wouldn't recommend the book. It just doesn't have any sparks.
The book was good. The storyline was different from otherbooks I have read and was not sure how fluid it would be. I liked the flashback chapters and present day. Jill Althouse Wood does a great job of describing the relationship between the grandaughter and her two grandmothers. At times I wished for more details but in the end it came together well.
Interesting subject, a long term relationship -50 years together- between two grandmothers, a perspective through the eyes of hers granddaughter, who is going through a painful divorce. It's not great literature, but with the back and fourth between the past and the present kept me interested until the end, even though I'm not 100% happy with the plot.
Jul 28, 2008 Andrea rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrea by: library new-book shelf
A relatively interesting story, told in a not terribly coherent way. I liked the main character, and enjoyed reading about her craft. However, I just don't see the point of the way the book was structured, the conversation was not very conversational, the little boy acted both older and younger than his supposed age, and the many copyediting errors all detracted significantly from my enjoyment of this book. Ah, the hazards of picking something randomly off the new-book shelf in the library.
This book took entirely too long to get the point. The main character was supposed to find an unsent letter from her grandmother to her mother that would reveal family secrets. This letter wasn't even mentioned until almost 200 pages into the book. Once she started reading the letter I could tell where it was going...and I was right. I did not enjoy this book.