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The Summer Guest

Justin Cronin

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and O'Neil, Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronin's new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise-and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying man's last wish into a rich tapestry of family love. On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him. From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp's owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime "trying to learn what it means to be brave"; Joe's wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy's daughter Kate-the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past. As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself-a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape. Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and O'Neil, Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronin's new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise-and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying man's last wish into a rich tapestry of family love. On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him. From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp's owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime "trying to learn what it means to be brave"; Joe's wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy's daughter Kate-the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past. As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself-a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape. Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for his radiant novel in stories, Mary and O'Neil, Justin Cronin has already been hailed as a writer of astonishing gifts. Now Cronin's new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promise-and more. With a rare combination of emotional insight, narrative power, and lyrical grace, Cronin transforms the simple story of a dying man's last wish into a rich tapestry of family love. On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him. From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage and its meaning for four people: Jordan Patterson, the haunted young man who will guide Harry on his last voyage out; the camp's owner Joe Crosby, a Vietnam draft evader who has spent a lifetime "trying to learn what it means to be brave"; Joe's wife, Lucy, the woman Harry has loved for three decades; and Joe and Lucy's daughter Kate-the spirited young woman who holds the key to the last unopened door to the past. As their stories unfold, secrets are revealed, courage is tested, and the bonds of love are strengthened. And always center stage is the place itself-a magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape. Intimate, powerful, and profound, The Summer Guest reveals Justin Cronin as a storyteller of unique and marvelous talent. It is a book to treasure.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Various

Length:

13h 49m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:15


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:22


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:37


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:13


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:53


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:48


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:41


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:42


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:53


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:42


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:28


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:50


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:03


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:03


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:48


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:09


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:19


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:44


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:03


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:03


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:44


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:53


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:26


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:11


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:55


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:49


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:38


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:27


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:22


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:59


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:49


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:10


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:39


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:40


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:51


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:52


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:26


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:47


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:30


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:40


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:52


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:24


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:46


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

00:31