The High Season

The High Season

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A mesmerizing, head-spinning--and sometimes madcap-hilarious--take of have and have-nots."-- People (Book of the Week)

The Hamptons hath no fury like a woman scorned.

No matter what the world throws her way, at least Ruthie Beamish has the house . Lovingly renovated, located by the sea in a quiet Long Island village, the house is her nest egg--the retirement account shared with her ex-husband, Mike, and the college fund for their teenage daughter, Jem. The catch? To afford the house, Ruthie must let it go during the best part of the year.

It's Memorial Day weekend and Ruthie has packed up their belongings for what Jem calls "the summer bummer": the family's annual exodus to make way for renters. This year, the Hamptons set has arrived. The widow of a blue-chip artist, Adeline Clay is elegant, connected, and accompanied by a "gorgeous satellite" stepson. But soon Adeline demonstrates an uncanny ability to help herself to Ruthie's life--her house, her friends, even her husband (okay, ex-husband, but still). And after her job as the director of a local museum is threatened, Ruthie finally decides to fight back.

Meanwhile, away from the watchful eyes of her parents, Jem is tasting independence at her first summer job, but soon finds herself growing up too fast. One of Ruthie's employees, a master of self-invention named Doe, infiltrates the inner circle of an eccentric billionaire and his wayward daughter. With a coterie of social climbers and Ruthie's old flame thrown into the mix, the entire town finds itself on the verge of tumultuous change. By the end of one unhinged, unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same.

In a novel packed with indelible characters, crackling wit, and upstairs/downstairs drama, Judy Blundell emerges as a voice for all seasons--a wry and original storyteller who knows how the most disruptive events in our lives can twist endings into new beginnings.

Praise for The High Season

"A shimmering story of art, money, and celebrity, The High Season is wicked summer fun." --Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

"A let's-get-lost tale of romance, high art, and class intrigue . . . in the smart, breezy sweet spot between Meg Wolitzer and Elin Hilderbrand." -- Entertainment Weekly
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780525508717
Characteristics: 396 pages ;,25 cm


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Sep 12, 2018

High Season tells the story of Ruthie, and how one summer unravels the life she's built for herself. The story also follows Ruthie's daughter, as she navigates the treacherous waters of high school social life; and one of Ruthie's employees. The book is narrated from the perspectives of all three, which is a plot device I enjoy in a novel. A good summer read, you'll get through it on a lazy weekend.

Aug 20, 2018

Consumed The High Season by Judy Blundell in a day. It's a good summer book set in summer in Orient, North Fork, Long Island NY, a real place, so I learned. It has rich summer renters, townies, artists, divorcing and new couples, lesbians, a secret instagrammer, more artists and art brokers, true friends, oysters, and a local historical and art museum. Fun read.
Re comment below comparing this to The Nest, not imho. The Nest characters were more insular and effed up and none of them except maybe the oldest sibling (a professor?) came across as a real person. The High Season characters instead came across as human albeit in a heightened reality.

multcolib_karene May 30, 2018

A perfect summer read but this would also be a really good book during other seasons. The main character is witty, the author has a wonderfully perceptive way of looking at the world, and it all culminates in a happy, slightly imperfect way (just the way life often is).

May 15, 2018

This book was a disappointment. After reading an excerpt, I really expected a different finished product. What I wanted to experience was that summer feeling -- brush shoulders with a few rich and famous New Yorkers -- a fun beach read. This story was written well, but there was just too much dysfunction and deplorable for me. This is a good book for people who liked The Nest. It was not for me.

ArapahoeKati Mar 05, 2018

I loved the characters and the setting--what a smart summer novel! I enjoy novels that give me a peek into the lives of the well-to-do from the perspective of someone who...isn't.

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