All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
A Novel

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Open the book The hours will pass quickly and you'll probably go call your best friend when you finish.
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All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue is a riveting coming-of-age tale set on the New Jersey shore. Donohue, the author of the bestselling novel How to Eat a Cupcake, is a master of literary fiction; her skill is demonstrated in this absorbing and moving second novel.
Set among the sunsets and dunes, All the Summer Girls
is the story of how three former best friends, their lives rapidly unraveling, are reunited at the beach town of their past--where the ambiance of summer encourages them to explore new experiences they would never otherwise attempt.
When dark secrets threaten to surface, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani begin to realize just how much their lives--and friendships--have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful summer night years ago. In the hope of finally moving forward, the women turn to one another for forgiveness--but how can they forgive each other when they can't forgive themselves?
Meg Donohue is a phenomenal talent, and fans of Sarah Pekkanen, Susan Mallery, and Catherine McKenzie, will be enthralled by this rich and detailed novel about women, relationships, and forgiveness.
 

About Meg Donohue

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Meg Donohue is a freelance writer with an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Her short stories have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Tulane Review, and the Adirondack Review. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, dog, and a weakness for salted caramel cupcakes.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 17 2013

A fast-paced novel about the enduring friendship of three young women who spent their summers in Avalon on the Jersey shore before dispersing across the country.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 01 2013

...Donohue gives the chick-lit buddy trope an appealing twist and a lot of depth, turning a familiar yarn of regret, trust, and loyalty into an elegant ode to late bloomers.

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Good
Reviewed by Diane Weddington on May 27 2013

Open the book The hours will pass quickly and you'll probably go call your best friend when you finish.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Carolyn Martin on Jun 01 2013

Donohue beautifully captures how the shimmering promise of youth and the sobering realities of maturity must coalesce to create a fully realized, hopeful woman.

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