The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall

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For nine-year-old Beth Lowe, it should have been a magical summer—sun-kissed days lounging in rickety deck chairs, nights gathered around the fire. But what begins as an innocent vacation to Hungary ends with the devastating separation of her parents. Beth and her father return home alone, leaving her mother, Marika, behind.

Over the next seven summers, Beth walks a tightrope between worlds, fleeing her quiet home and distant father to bask in the intoxicating Hungarian countryside with Marika. It is during these enthralling summers that Beth comes to life and learns to love. But at sixteen, she uncovers a life-shattering secret, bringing her sacred summers with Marika abruptly to an end.

Now, years later, Beth receives a package containing a scrapbook, a haunting record of a time long forgotten. Suddenly, she is swept back to the world she left behind, forced to confront the betrayal that destroyed her—and to search her heart for forgiveness.

 

About Emylia Hall

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Emylia Hall\u2019s short fiction has appeared in a number of publications, and she was dubbed by Elle magazine (UK) as one of 2012\u2019s three most anticipated debut novelists. She lives in the UK with her husband, who is also an author. The Book of Summers is Emylia\u2019s first novel and is inspired by her childhood memories of vacations spent in rural Hungary.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Mira. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her quiet English father and wild Hungarian mother seemed an odd pair, but 9-year-old Erzsi (the Hungarian of Elizabeth) is a happy child excited about the family vacation to Hungary, the first time Marika has been back since she escaped as a girl.

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Hall’s lovely and haunting debut novel follows Beth Lowe, a young Englishwoman, as she recalls languid summers spent in Hungary with her mother, Marika, and the betrayal that cast every brilliant season into shadow.

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New York Journal of Books

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“. . . an exciting and original new voice.”

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Book Reporter

Those who enjoy fiction and family dramas should love THE BOOK OF SUMMERS, a touching, emotive read about love and the value of family."

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Inside, she finds a homemade photo album, depicting moments of the seven idyllic summer vacations Beth had experienced, starting at the age of nine.

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Following on fromThe Ridge and So Cold the River, two novels steeped in the supernatural, Michael Koryta has returned to his crime fiction roots to publish his eight novel The Some subjects - no matter how poignant - are difficult to read to read, and none more so than ...

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Hungarian-English author Emlyia Hall's debut takes place between the sun-baked fields of rural Hungary and blustery Devon, as young Beth Lowe is spliced between her Hungarian mother and British father when they separate on a family holiday.

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The American Book Center Blog

The Book of Summers is the first book by Emylia Hall, the story of Beth/Erszi getting to grips with her past and her family history because of the unexpected arrival of a parcel from Hungary.

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Something happens to fracture Beth and Marika’s hard-won unity, and something else fills in the blanks in the book of summers.

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Londoner Beth learns of her Hungarian mother's death when she receives a scr

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