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The Last Summer of Ada Bloom

The Last Summer of Ada Bloom

by Martine Murray

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 07/04/2020

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In a small country town during one long, hot summer, the Bloom family is beginning to unravel. Martha is straining against the confines of her life, lost in regret for what might have been, when an old flame shows up. In turn, her husband Mike becomes frustrated with his increasingly distant wife. Marital secrets, new and long-hidden, start to surface--with devastating effect. And while teenagers Tilly and Ben are about to step out into the world, nine-year-old Ada is holding onto a childhood that might soon be lost to her.

When Ada discovers an abandoned well beneath a rusting windmill, she is drawn to its darkness and danger. And when she witnesses a shocking and confusing event, the well's foreboding looms large in her mind--a driving force, pushing the family to the brink of tragedy. For each family member, it's a summer of searching--in books and trees, at parties, in relationships new and old--for the answer to one of life's most difficult questions: how to grow up?

The Last Summer of Ada Bloom is an honest and tender accounting of what it means to come of age as a teen, or as an adult. With a keen eye for summer's languor and danger, and a sharp ear for the wonder, doubt, and longing in each of her characters' voices, Martine Murray has written a beguiling story about the fragility of family relationships, about the secrets we keep, the power they hold to shape our lives, and about the power of love to somehow hold it all together.

ISBN:
9781947793613
9781947793613
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
07-04-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Tin House Books, LLC
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
214.88x139.95x20.57mm
Weight:
0.37kg
Martine Murray

Martine Murray was born in Melbourne and now lives in Castlemaine in Victoria.

She is an award-winning children’s novelist and illustrator. The Last Summer of Ada Bloom is her first novel for adults.

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