Tom Lake by Ann Patchett


Bookseller Review by Julie:

‘A wonderfully drawn central character shares stories of her earlier life with her children, now adults the same age as she was then, when she found love and friendship during a summer at Tom Lake. Another gem from Ann Patchett’s pen! Themes of family and parenthood are skillfully captured in this highly recommended page-turner!’

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This is a story about Peter Duke who went on to be a famous actor. This is a story about falling in love with Peter Duke who wasn’t famous at all. It’s about falling so wildly in love with him – the way one will at twenty-four – that it felt like jumping off a roof at midnight. There was no way to foresee the mess it would come to in the end.

It’s spring and Lara’s three grown daughters have returned to the family orchard. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the one story they’ve always longed to hear – of the film star with whom she shared a stage, and a romance, years before. Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents lead before their children are born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart.

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