St. Martin's Press
On Sale: June 4, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Women's Fiction Historical
An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola
Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and
extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a
woman torn between the life she chose and the life she
Montauk, Long Island, 1938.
For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as
the playground for New York Cityâ€™s wealthy elite. Beatrice
Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the
passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked
with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a
resort destination, she learns sheâ€™ll be spending twelve
weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk
Manorâ€”a two-hundred room seaside hotelâ€”while Harry pursues
other interests in the city.
College educated, but raised a modest country girl in
Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among
these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their
children but to leisure activities and charities that
seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a
mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five
years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is
increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties
at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and
befriends the manorâ€™s laundress whose work ethic and family
life stir memories of who she once was.
As she drifts further from the society women and their
preoccupations and closer toward Montaukâ€™s natural beauty
and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man
nothing like her husband â€“stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic.
Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten,
his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her
past and question her future.
Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how
fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all
she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apartâ€¦
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