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"A first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors," (The Boston Globe), Barbara Delinsky presents a captivating new novel about a woman whose unexpected reunion with her estranged family forces her to confront a devastating past in A Week at the Shore.
One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family's Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.
But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again—something involving Mallory's father. Compelled by concern for her family and by Joy's wish to visit her mother's childhood home, Mallory returns to Bay Bluff, where conflicting loyalties will be faced and painful truths revealed.
In just seven watershed days at the Rhode Island shore, she will test the bonds of friendship and family—and discover the role that love plays in defining their lives.

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"A first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors," (The Boston Globe), Barbara Delinsky presents a captivating new novel about a woman whose unexpected reunion with her estranged family forces her to confront a devastating past in A Week at the Shore.
One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family's Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.
But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again—something involving Mallory's father. Compelled by concern for her family and by Joy's wish to visit her mother's childhood home, Mallory returns to Bay Bluff, where conflicting loyalties will be faced and painful truths revealed.
In just seven watershed days at the Rhode Island shore, she will test the bonds of friendship and family—and discover the role that love plays in defining their lives.

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      • content: "A delicious beach read!"
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        March 15, 2020
        A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past. When Mallory Aldiss gets a call from a long-ago boyfriend telling her that her elderly father has been gallivanting around town with a gun in his hand, Mallory decides it's time to return to the small Rhode Island town that she's been avoiding for more than a decade. Mallory's precocious 13-year-old daughter, Joy, is thrilled that she'll get to meet her grandfather at long last, and an aunt, too, and she'll finally see the place where her mother grew up. When they arrive in Bay Bluff, it's barely a few hours before Mallory bumps into her old flame, Jack, the only man she's ever really loved. Gone is the rebellious young person she remembers, and in his place stands a compassionate, accomplished adult. As they try to reconnect, Mallory realizes that the same obstacle that pushed them apart decades earlier is still standing in their way: Jack blames Mallory's father for his mother's death. No one knows exactly how Jack's mother died, but Jack thinks a love affair between her and Mallory's father had something to do with it. As Jack and Mallory chase down answers, Mallory also tries to repair her rocky relationships with her two sisters and determine why her father has always been so hard on her. Told entirely from Mallory's perspective, the novel has a haunting, nostalgic quality. Despite the complex and overlapping layers to the history of Bay Bluff and its inhabitants, the book at times trudges too slowly through Mallory's meanderings down Memory Lane. Even so, Delinsky sometimes manages to pick up the pace, and in those moments the beauty and nuance of this complicated family tale shine through. Readers who don't mind skimming past details that do little to advance the plot may find that the juicier nuggets and realistically rendered human connections are worth the effort. A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships.

        COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Delinsky’s latest (after Before and Again) is a moving, intimate tale about the indelible bond between family members. The Aldiss sisters—Mallory, Anne, and Margo—reunite at their family’s Bay Bluff, R.I., beach house 20 years after their father’s role in a scandal divided them and broke up their parents’ marriage. Their father, judge Tom Aldiss, was suspected in the disappearance of neighbor Elizabeth MacKay during a late-night boat ride that was later declared an accidental drowning, though her body was never recovered. After college, Mallory settled in New York City while Anne stayed in Bay Bluff. Delinsky fast-forwards to present day, when Mallory receives an alarming call from Jack Sabathian, her first love and Elizabeth’s son, about Tom’s mental decline. Immediately upon arrival in Bay Bluff, Mallory tries to make peace with Anne, who resents Mallory’s intrusion, while resisting her still-strong attraction to Jack. Furthering the suspense, Margo divulges a secret about a love triangle that transpired before their parents married. As long-buried secrets are revealed, the sisters contend with the extreme circumstances that caused the breach in their relationships with one another. This well-crafted story, buoyed by descriptions of the weathered beach town and nicely drawn characters, will delight Delinsky’s fans.

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        Mallory Aldiss has not been back to her hometown of Bay Bluff, RI, for years; the memories are too painful. But when her childhood friend Jack, who is her dad's neighbor, calls to tell her that her father threatened him with a gun, she and her 13-year-old daughter Joy decide to visit Bay Bluff for a week. Twenty years earlier, Jack's mother disappeared while riding with Mallory's father in his boat. Now that her father has dementia, it is imperative to find out what really happened before it is too late. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? As Mallory and her sisters sort through their good and bad memories while dealing with present-day challenges, secrets are gradually revealed, and Mallory reconnects with a former love. VERDICT Delinsky (Before and Again) presents a powerful story about the importance of love, family, and the acceptance of life's changes. Joy is a little too good to be true but adds a lot of motivation to Mallory's actions. This page-turner will be in demand by Delinsky's many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]--Margaret Bentley, Shiawassee Dist. Lib., Owosso, MI

        Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Forgiving and forgetting play strongly among characters in Delinsky's (Before and Again, 2018) latest, a delicious beach read set on the shores of Rhode Island. Three sisters, previously estranged, are brought together in their small hometown to deal with their father, whose memory loss is increasing. Mallory, a photographer and single mom from New York; Margo, a successful mother from Chicago; and Anne, a small business owner in their hometown, are thrown together into their childhood roles as they decide the best way to handle their father's care. Mallory struggles with communicating with her sisters, for much has changed since they were all last at home. She also is forced to confront her feelings for her first love, who seems barely to have changed as the years have gone by. This story full of family secrets and memories explores the relationships between parent and child, sister and sister, and love from the past. Delinsky reminds readers that there is always time to repair damaged feelings.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family's Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.
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