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The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin

The Summer Guest of this novel's title is the wealthy financier Harry Wainwright, who has come to visit the same fishing camp in northern Maine every summer. Now dying of cancer, he's come for one last fishing trip and to buy the camp so he can bequeath it to Jordan Patterson, a haunted young man who is his fishing guide. The camp's owners are Joe Crosby, a Vietnam-era draft dodger who spent years in Canada, and his wife, Lucy, who's been loved for years by Harry. Joe and Lucy's daughter, Kate, is also at the camp. Justin Cronin's novel is told from all their perspectives, and moves back and forth over 50 years as their stories are told and secrets unfold. The Summer Guest shows that even in the most remote corners of our life, passion and longing are still universal themes. It's received positive reviews with the Portland Press Herald saying "The Summer Guest is not just summer reading. It's lingering memory of love, and an almost mystical place beyond the rushed pace of life, something to remind us that such corners of the world do indeed still exist. Such places, such people, are beyond fiction. Mystery, secrets are part of all lives."
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