1. Summer People

    A Novel

    Marge Piercy

    1. Ebooks make great gifts! Purchase this ebook as a gift and you can:
      • Personalize it: Include a message along with your gift.
      • Schedule it: Email your gift and set an auto-deliver date so it arrives at just the right time.
        OR
      • Hand-deliver it: Use the print option during checkout to give this ebook the old-fashioned way.
      Select a participating retailer:
    For three Cape Cod residents, the influx of summer visitors is no more than a minor nuisance—until it brings a man who threatens the balance of their delicate relationship

    For more than a decade, Dinah, Susan, and Susan’s husband, Willie—artists and neighbors in a small Cape Cod town—have enjoyed an unconventional, but deeply satisfying, three-way relationship. When the annual summer crowd flocks to the Cape, Dinah misses her quiet afternoons composing music in the woods, and Willie, a sculptor, puts aside his own work to do carpentry jobs on lavish vacation homes. Susan, though, envies the glamorous lives of the summer residents. And one visitor, Tyrone Burdock, a wealthy and seductive financier, offers her an enticing glimpse into his world that may jolt the foundation of her ménage à trois.

    The clash between moneyed newcomers and the soulful artists who live on the Cape year-round shakes the threesome’s external world and the bonds holding them together as they see their bohemian enclave becoming a bourgeois retreat. Bestselling author Marge Piercy skillfully navigates this unique landscape with vivid details and an eye for emotional complexity, bringing these singular characters to life as their relationship undergoes profound changes that will resonate long after the summer people have left.
  2. Pub Date
    04/12/2016
    Publisher
    Open Road Integrated Media
    ISBN13
    9781504033428
    Format
    Ebook

Editorial Reviews

  • “A brilliant and demanding novel . . . As deeply penetrating as a laser beam.” —Cosmopolitan

  • “A richly nuanced tale . . . Solidly satisfying.” —Publishers Weekly

  • “Her rendering of this triangular marriage is gritty, convinced, persuasive.” —The Listener

  • “Piercy writes with great tact about the dilemmas of her characters and their reactions to joy and tragedy.” —London Evening Standard

  • Praise for Marge Piercy

  • “Here is somebody with the guts to go into the deepest core of herself, her time, her history, and risk more than anybody else has so far, just out of a love for the truth and a need to tell it. It’s about time.” —Thomas Pynchon on Dance the Eagle to Sleep

  • “One of the most important writers of our time.” —Erica Jong

Community reviews

Good Reads

More by Marge Piercy

About the author

Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy (b. 1936) is the author of nineteen poetry collections, including The Hunger Moon and Made in Detroit, and seventeen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers and He, She and It, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. She has also written a memoir, Sleeping with Cats; a collection of short stories, The Cost of Lunch, Etc.; and five nonfiction books. A champion of feminism, antiwar, and ecological movements, Piercy often includes political themes in her work and features strong female characters who challenge traditional gender roles. Her book of poetry The Moon Is Always Female is considered a seminal feminist text. Piercy’s other works include Woman on the Edge of Time, The Longings of Women, and City of Darkness, City of Light. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, radio personality and author Ira Wood, with whom she cowrote the novel Storm Tide.