Big Summer: A Novel (Paperback)
In my opinion this is the best book written by Jennifer Weiner. It has everything you would expect from reading Ms Weiner's previous novels yet so much more. She begins the story with the main character, Daphne Berg, in an altercation with a gentleman in a bar, which subsequently is posted online. After this incident, Daphne becomes a social media influencer, and starts the difficult journey of self acceptance. As the second half unfolds, approximately six years later, Daphnes former best friend Drue, invites her to Cape Cod for her wedding and to be a bridesmaid. During the wedding weekend, an untimely death occurs. Now Daphne snd her friends become amateur sleuths as they try to uncover and determine why and who murdered this person. Ultimately, this is the story of friendship, family and learning to accept oneself flaws and all. If you enjoy this book I suggest Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand.— Pam
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About the Author
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Big Summer, Mrs. Everything, the children’s book The Littlest Bigfoot, and an essay collection, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BIG SUMMER:
“Big Summer is the perfect beach read, but one that's filled with thoughtful ideas about how we live our lives online and the nature of friendship. Get ready for another big-hearted novel by Jennifer Weiner.” —PopSugar
“Weiner’s story of female friendships (after Mrs. Everything) mixes a splash of romance, a dash of humor, and a pinch of mystery to create a deliciously bloody poolside cocktail. Weiner’s surprising tale is hard to put down.” —Publishers Weekly
"If you love Jennifer Weiner, you’ll love this one. And if you’re a newbie, start here." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Jennifer Weiner writes tremendously enjoyable books that hit me in the same pleasure center as romantic comedies do, so I’m very excited for her latest novel, set in the midst of a ‘lavish society wedding’ on Cape Cod. Friendship, weddings, and rich people being weird? Obviously I am in.” —Literary Hub
“Big Summer is a big, fun summer read. Weiner made her mark chronicling the relationships of young women, and her return to that arena will garner lots of attention.” —Booklist
PRAISE FOR MRS. EVERYTHING:
"Weiner has always been a gifted novelist and a powerful essayist. In 'Mrs. Everything,' she brings the best of both worlds to the page, holding up the prism of choice and letting the light shine through from every angle.... If you have time for only one book this summer, pick this one."
— New York Times Book Review
"Readers will flock to this ambitious, nearly flawless novel . . . Weiner asks big questions about how society treats women in this slyly funny, absolutely engrossing novel that is simultaneously epic and intimate."
— Booklist (starred review)
"Weiner brilliantly crafts ths heartwrenching multigenerational tale of love, loss, and family . . . Weiner's talent for characterization, tight pacing, and detail will thrill her fans and easily draw new ones into her orbit. Her expert handling of difficult subjects will force readers to examine their own beliefs and consider unexpected nuances. Weiner tugs every heartstring with this vivid tale."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Jennifer Weiner has created a novel for the ages in Mrs. Everything, which is as impressive as it is ambitious… a skillfully rendered and emotionally rich family saga… an unapologetic feminist novel, fully fleshing out the pernicious effects of patriarchy… Weiner shows that big, expansive social novels are not only still possible in our fragmented society but perhaps necessary. Mrs. Everything is a great American novel, full of heart and hope.”
— Shelf Awareness
"Her most sprawling and intensely personal novel to date."
— Entertainment Weekly
"A topical novel about sisterhood, heartache, hope, and womanhood that takes readers through the 'herstory' of the second half of the 20th century."
"A sprawling story about two sisters growing up, apart, and back together . . . A poignant reminder of both the strides women have amde since the 1950s and teh barriers taht still hold them back. An ambitious look at how women's roles have changed--and stayed the same--over the last 70 years."
— Kirkus Reviews
“Weiner brings us another winner, maybe even her best book yet. A wonderful, absorbing novel skillfully woven with social critique, it's comparable to books by her more heralded male contemporaries (yes, Jonathan Franzen).”
— AARP Summer Book Preview
— Good Housekeeping
"Jennifer Weiner is the master of richly told page-turners about complicated and likable women."
— Refinery 29
"You won't want this book to end as you laugh, cry, and root for these characters as if they were a part of your own family. MRS. EVERYTHING is Weiner's best book yet."
— PopSugar, "The 34 Best New Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer"
"Clever and empowering." —People
“The perfect beach read . . . A funny and tender examination of female friendship in all of its messy glory.”—PopSugar