Teddy Mathison, the hero of Goldstein's unabashedly cloying second novel (after All That Matters), is an ambitious California senatorial candidate called home to Nantucket because his Alzheimer-afflicted mother, world-famous artist Kate Longley Mathison, is nearing death. Teddy reluctantly flies back east for one last visit with his estranged mother, and campaign manager Judith Mackey conceives of the reunion as a shot at increasing the divorced Teddy's family values appeal. Accompanied by his moody 13-year-old daughter, Zoe, Teddy arrives in Nantucket prepared for the ultimate confrontation with his formidable mother, but is shocked by her withered condition. Before long, Teddy blows off the campaign in favor of helping his mother paint her last canvas, bonding with a self-mutilating Zoe and romancing Liza Swain, a local waitress/photographer with a tragic past. When Judith shows up on the island to remind him of his campaign responsibilities, Teddy is forced to choose between becoming the senator from California or the "Prince of Nantucket." If you think you know how it ends, you're right. But if you think you won't get at least a little weepy, you're wrong. (May)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Prince of Nantucketby Jan Goldstein
“I could never be a good father because I turned my back on being your son.” Perhaps Teddy Mathison is right when he makes this heart-wrenching confession to his dying mother, but is it really too late? The touching and surprising answer unfolds in this richly layered, tender story of a man who is primed to go far in life, but first must find his way home.
Teddy is a successful Los Angeles lawyer whose charm and formidable political skills have made him the leading candidate in the race to become the new U.S. senator from California. But behind the golden public persona lie some darker truths: his teenage daughter, Zoe, has barely spoken to him since his divorce from her mother and he has long been bitterly estranged from his own mother, a world-renowned painter. So when his sister asks Teddy to come back to Nantucket to spend some time with their ailing mother before Alzheimer’s steals her mind entirely, Teddy balks. But his campaign manager sees the perfect opportunity for a mother-son photo op that will jack up his weak family values poll numbers, and Teddy reluctantly agrees to the trip.
Once on Nantucket, Teddy is forced to confront feelings he’d long repressed. As he struggles with his mother’s illness and his daughter’s disdain, he learns some stunning truths—about the father he once
idolized and the shocking extent of his daughter’s pain. And when he meets a woman who challenges everything he thought he understood about relationships, he unexpectedly finds the life he never knew he wanted.
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Jan Goldstein is an award-winning
novelist, poet, playwright, and screenwriter whose first novel, All That Matters, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He is a well-known human rights activist and the father of five.
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A poignant story about family and secrets and dreams. An emotional tale about growing up and growing old--but never losing that youthful spirit. A 'real' account about family relationships and starting over, starting new, and starting again. A simply beautifully written, detailed, and emotional book that will bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, and put love into your heart.
I bought this book partially because of the Nantucket connection and the political bend. But was I disappointed. There is nothing about politics and very little about the history or feel of Nantucket. It reads like a bad soap opera script. Trite, predictable, full of sloppy sentiment and silly dialogue. Don't bother unless someone gives you the book for free and you want a very 'light, quick' read.
Having visited Nantucket, I was drawn by the title of the book, and when I began reading it I could not put it down. As, an RN, who has worked with Alzheimer patients, I felt deeply for the son as he dealt with this issue with his mother and how it eventually softened him. Often we know only one side of a situation, and by coming to know the other side our healing can begin. This novel is a magical read, full of great depth in plot and characters. I plan on reading it many times.
This fast-reading book pulled me into the vortex of interesting characters and plot and held me there to the very last page. Even though it dealt with some complex problems, it ended with a wonderful feeling of healing and completeness. I did not want the book to end---I wanted more! I have already cast the movie in my mind and cannot wait for it to be made.
If you enjoyed Jan Goldstein's freshman prose 'All That Matters' Then you will be thrilled by his much hardier sophomore outing 'The Prince of Nantucket'. It is as contemporary as the news yet has the feeling of days when the world was a much simpler place. Goldstein's writing is so vivid one actually starts to cast actors for the inevitable film in one's head. I don't want to give anything away except a boatload of these books to my friends and family so find out for yourself why Goldstein¿s audio book of the same name is already a best seller.