When seventy-year-old Ginny invites her three daughters to join her for two weeks at Star's End, her new estate on the Maine coast, each accepts reluctantly, since Ginny was always more dutiful than loving. All three have found ways to rebel against their emotionally impoverished childhoods. Caroline, forty, is a successful lawyer driven to put a demanding career ahead of her personal life. Annette, thirty-seven, lavishes more attention on her husband and five children than they need or want. And twice-married, twice-divorced Leah, thirty-four, now fills her life with empty socializing. Together at Star's End, as they await Ginny's arrival, they gradually discover the scandalous secret behind her stony facade -- and begin to understand the deepest desires of their own hearts.
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Barbara Delinsky, a lifelong New Englander, was a sociologist and photographer before she began to write. There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print.
Dana Ivey has received two Tony® nominations and two Obie awards for her work on the New York stage; her film credits include The Addams Family and The Color Purple.From Kirkus Reviews:
Delinsky's first hardcover squeezes a novel out of short-story material about three sisters whose manipulative mother stages an unorthodox family reunion. When she was 27, Ginny St. Clair had an affair with Will Cray, the gardener at Star's End, the home she and her husband rented one summer in Maine. Now 70, she has purchased Star's End and summons her three daughters, who have little to do with one another, to spend two weeks at the house--without telling them that she won't be there. Caroline, obsessive about her work as a lawyer, is romantically linked with Ben Hammer, an artist who maintains a balanced view of his life. Annette, obsessive about her role as wife and mother (and basically a retread of a character in last year's Suddenly), is married to Jean-Paul Maxime, a neurosurgeon who maintains a balanced view of his life. (Catching the offensive pattern here?) Finally there is Leah, a twice-divorced Washington, DC, socialite, with an insignificant life and no man at all. This means that she is free to meet Will's son Jesse Cray, the current gardener at Star's End, and reenact her mother's romance of decades ago, this time with the requisite happy ending. Delinsky, who has offered adequate portrayals of small-town New Englanders in previous works, disappoints even in this respect. Plain old locals- -those who are not transplants from major cities, or world travelers (like Jesse), or artists who sell ``to kings...and movie stars''--are little more than vaudeville-style clowns here. As the story putters along, the sisters, despite years of mutual indifference, become great friends. Meanwhile, dipping into Ginny's old romance, the story sugarcoats the self-centeredness she displays up through her own melodramatic return to Star's End. Bypass this and dig out one of Delinksy's old paperbacks. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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