Shorecliff by Ursula DeYoung
A Novel

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The reader feels the climactic crisis coming early on, and is exhausted and less than shocked by the time it arrives. DeYoung..does evoke the Maine of this era well, with a parade of sensory detail.
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A winning debut novel about a 1920s New England family and the secrets revealed when they reunite over one long summer.
Spending the summer of 1928 in a big house on the Maine coast with his 10 older cousins and a gaggle of aunts and uncles seems like a dream come true to lonely 13-year-old Richard.

But as he wanders through the bustling house, Richard witnesses scenes and conversations not meant for him and watches as the family he adores disintegrates into a tangle of lust, jealousy, and betrayal. At first only an avid spectator, Richard soon finds himself drawn into the confusion, battling with his first experience of infatuation and forced to cover for his relatives' romantic intrigues.

With jump-off-the-page characters and a captivating sense of place, SHORECLIFF examines the bonds of loyalty and rivalry that can both knit a family together and drive it apart.
 

About Ursula DeYoung

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Ursula DeYoung graduated from Harvard College in 2004 and received her Ph.D. in History from Oxford in 2009. She is the author of a nonfiction book on 19th-century physicist John Tyndall, A Vision of Modern Science. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published July 23, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 27 2013

The reader feels the climactic crisis coming early on, and is exhausted and less than shocked by the time it arrives. DeYoung..does evoke the Maine of this era well, with a parade of sensory detail.

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Kirkus

Above average
on May 18 2013

DeYoung’s engrossing conclusion and exquisite tone make wading through the extraneous passages worth the effort.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller on Jul 26 2013

SHORECLIFF is a classic coming-of-age story...it’s the story of a momentous summer when illusions are dashed, family ties are tested, and secrets come spilling out.

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EDGE Boston

Good
Reviewed by Kay Bourne on Jul 23 2013

DeYoung writes with an easy grace. To the reader’s advantage as well, she has also taken the King in "Alice in Wonderland"’s courtroom testimony advice to heart: "begin at the beginning, and go on until you come to the end, then stop."

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