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The Goodbye Summer by Patricia Gaffney
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Caddie Winger, a music teacher, endures a string of losses the summer she turns 33. It comes as no surprise, since most of her friends are nearly half a century older than she is. Caddie has always lived with her determinedly wacky grandmother, Nana, who moves into Wake House after she breaks a leg while working on one of her embarrassing lawn sculptures. Soon, Caddie is spending all her time at the small convalescent home and growing especially close to Thea, a firecracker who convinces Caddie to smoke pot and dance in the rain. I loved all of the characters EXCEPT Caddie. The redemptive romance, with 30-something Wake House resident Henry Magill, convalescing from a sky-diving accident that killed his fiancée, is good. I loved Henry. According to Publishere's Weekly, it echoes the core love story in Gaffney's novel, Flight Lessons-- a damaged hero offers a profound attractiveness the reader recognizes ages ahead of the heroine.
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