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My Summer with George Signed E

2.96  ·  Rating Details ·  166 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In 1977, Marilyn French inspired a generation of feminists with The Women's Room. Twenty years later she still refuses to go quietly, play with the grandchildren, and prune the roses, as women of a certain advanced age are supposed to. Instead, she has written a romantic novel, and true to her youthful vigor, it is a subversive one. French joins Doris Lessing in believing ...more
Published 1996 by Knopf
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Jul 24, 2013 Zoë rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this book up without knowing much about it–turns out it's not really a young person's book. I don't think anyone who is younger than 50 would enjoy this book no matter what: it's about a sixty-something-year-old woman, romance writer Hermione Beldame, who is discovering how she feels about love, desire, and sexuality related to her age. However, not too far in I started to think that even people Hermione's age, who can relate to her, would like this–mostly because all the characters are s ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Ilona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general, 2014
How does a woman get to be in her sixties and still respond to attraction and lust like a brainless, hormone-addled 14-year-old? I'd call this woefully discouraging were I not a sexually confident woman in my fifties, who knows from direct experience that many of us manage our libido with a tad more skill than the rather pathetic Hermione. It's not that she lacks intelligence, but that she seems completely unable to apply that intelligence to a sexual/emotional situation.

Hermione is quite clear
Sarah Sammis
Sep 07, 2007 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
My Summer with George should have been an enjoyable read. Marilyn French writes well, creates interesting characters and believable situations. Her insights into the process of writing were fascinating. Unfortunately the character giving the advice was otherwise so selfish and insecure that I couldn't care for her.

Hermione, the romance writer protagonist, has made a good life for herself. One summer she meets up with a nice man about her age named George. He's thinking of moving to New York to f
First of all - That Hermoine would be so attracted to George is just unbelieavable. The character of George comes off as unsumphathetic in every way, and you end up disliking Hermoine because she keeps on pursuing him.

Secondly - There is no need to tire us with endless accounts of the Manhattan and Hampton homes, the hired help, the parties, the restaurants... OK we get it: Hermoine is a rich self-made woman! Rather than an assertion of independence it comes off as bragging.

I was dissapointed
Jun 04, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected from this author. I picked it up because I was looking for The Women's Room and it was not available. I stuck with it thinking that it would conclude with something insightful or surprising, but I found neither.
Jul 05, 2014 Courtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I can understand exploring the tight hold the belief in fairytale romance has on women, even feminists who, as French says, invent themselves. Yet George never rises beyond the level of an asshole and instead remains unbelievable as the object of any woman's fantasy (would he have seemed desirable to older readers twenty years ago?). As a result, Hermione seems idiotic and the book feels like a political platform for French and her second wave beliefs. While I also share these beliefs, I wondere ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Kolumbina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. What a talented writer! But not a book for everyone. In "My summer with George" Marilyn French describes her own life at age of 60 when she met a men at some party. She was obsessed with him, had dreams about him, pictured him touching and kissing her... And he was a very ordinary men, asked her occasionally for lunch or movies. She allowed herself to be mistreated, was waiting for his phone calls which were rare or didn't happen at all.
I think a lot of women would find th
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005
My Summer with George is a book I found in my mom's bookcase... and it wasn't really what I had expected it to be, for the better and for the worse.

It is about Hermione Beldame, a successful romance writer, who lives a luxurious life in NYC, but who's love life is, well problematic, her being both divorced and widowed twice... Now she is around 60 years old, but the best parts of the book are the glimpses into her past, which wasn't all that glamorous her coming from a poor background.

Well, I
Dec 19, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Being of similar age as the protagonist, I thought this would be a wonderful read, filled with joy and new-found love etc. Wrong! It is hard to explain where the book went wrong; possibly the entire premise of older women are still lovable and can find "love ever after" in a younger man. Disappointing.
Heather Ormsby
Jun 06, 2009 Heather Ormsby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Through a mostly imaginary summer romance, a woman in her 60's rediscovers youthful feelings of romance. I wasn't at all impressed with her crush, but I did enjoy the story of how she survived poverty, moved to New York and became a romance novelist.
May 07, 2009 Umi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lagi buku keren Marylin French tentang perempuan matang, setengah baya yang 'jatuh cinta' dan mengalami berbagai peristiwa. Dalam novelnya Marilyn selalu dengan cantik menggambarkan persahabatan dan cinta.
Janet Harrison
I loved Marilyn French's early books, so was happy to find one I hadn't read at a local bookstore. Unfortunately, I didn't get much past the first chapter. One of my pet peeves is predictable rich people dinner parties full of name-dropping. What a disappointment.
Carol Rizzardi
When a woman of a certain age, as the New York Times calls us, meets a man who is charming and attentive yet brusque and aloof, she reexamines her life and loves. Lots of NY and Long Island color. I enjoyed it, but I'm no sure someone in their 20s or 30s would.
Aug 15, 2015 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved Marilyn French's early books, so was happy to find one I hadn't read at a local bookstore. Unfortunately, I didn't get much past the first chapter. One of my pet peeves is predictable rich people dinner parties full of name-dropping. What a disappointment.
Dec 16, 2010 Sarahliz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This made me wonder if I'm misremembering the caliber of the women's room or if this just wasn't anywhere near as good. The last 20 pages finally made me not hate every single one of the characters.
Jul 20, 2011 Kiessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not French's best work. She didn't exactly go all-out on the title either, which might have been my first clue.
Aug 04, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superfast read...
Jul 15, 2013 Gabrielle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tijdschriftboek
mijn zomer met George
Sue Kozlowski
Author of the famous book, "The Women's Room". Quick Read. Author of romance novels falls in love and has a crush but the man doesn't love her back.
Jan 28, 2016 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story. Well written. Interesting insight and perspective.
Carole Nasr
i wouldn't recommend this book to a young reader. when i picked it, i was expecting a different thing!
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She attended Hofstra University (then Hofstra College) where she also received a master's degree in English in 1964. She married Robert M. French Jr. in 1950; the couple divorced in 1967. She later attended Harvard University, earning a Ph.D in 1972. Years later she became an instructor at Hofstra University.

In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-domi
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