Summer's End

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Deanna was eighteen when she married a handsome  Frenchman, attorney Marc-Edouard Duras. Now, at  thirty-seven, she should be happy with Marc, her elegant home  in San Francisco, and their teenage daughter,  Pilar. But one summer changes it all when she  realizes her failing marriage is a trap she must escape.
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Overview

Deanna was eighteen when she married a handsome  Frenchman, attorney Marc-Edouard Duras. Now, at  thirty-seven, she should be happy with Marc, her elegant home  in San Francisco, and their teenage daughter,  Pilar. But one summer changes it all when she  realizes her failing marriage is a trap she must escape.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440184058
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 149,061
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 580 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, Honor Thyself, Amazing Grace, Bungalow 2, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

Biography

When it comes to commanding bestseller lists, no writer can come close to Danielle Steel. Her work has been published in 47 countries, in 28 languages. She has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the author who has spent the most consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. She has not only published novels, but has written non-fiction, a book of poetry, and two series of children's books. Many of her books have been adapted for television movies, one of which (Jewels) was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. She has received the title of Chevalier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government for her immense body of work. In short, to say that Steel is the single most popular living writer in the world is no overstatement.

Steel published her first novel, Going Home, when she was a mere 26 years old, and the book introduced readers to many of the themes that would dominate her novels for the next 30-odd years. It is an exploration of human relationships told dramatically, a story of the past's thrall on the present. Anyone familiar with Steel's work will recognize these themes as being close to her heart, as are familial issues, which are at the root of her many mega-sellers.

Although Steel has a reputation among critics as being a writer of fluffy, escapist fare, she never shies away from taking on dark subject matter, having addressed illnesses, incest, suicide, divorce, death, the Holocaust, and war in her work. Of course, even when she is handling unsavory topics, she does so entertainingly and with refinement. Her stories may often cross over into the realm of melodrama, but she never fails to spin a compelling yarn told with a skilled ear for dialogue and character, while consistently showing how one can overcome the greatest of tragedies. Ever prolific, she usually produces several books per year, often juggling multiple projects at the same time.

With all of the time and effort Steel puts into her work (she claims to sometimes spend as much as 20 hours a day at her keyboard), it is amazing that she still has time for a personal life. However, as one might assume from her work, family is still incredibly important to her, and she maintains a fairly private personal life. Fortunately for her millions of fans, she continues to devote more than a small piece of that life to them.

Good To Know

Along with her famed adult novels, Steel has also written two series of books for kids with the purpose of helping them through difficult situations, such as dealing with a new stepfather and coping with the death of a grandparent.

When Steel isn't working on her latest bestseller or spending time with her beloved family, she is devoting her time to one of several philanthropic projects to benefit the mentally ill, the homeless, and abused children.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 14, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
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Chapter One

Deanna Duras opened one eye to look at the clock as the first light stole in beneath the shades.  It was 6:45.  If she got up now, she would still have almost an hour to herself, perhaps more.  Quiet moments in which Pilar could not attack, or harass; when there would be no phone calls for Marc-Edouard from Brussels or London or Rome.  Moments in which she could breathe and think and be alone.  She slipped out quietly from beneath the sheets, glancing at Marc-Edouard, still asleep on the far side of the bed.  The very far side.  For years now, their bed could slept three or four, the way she and Marc kept to their sides.  It wasn't that they never joined in the middle anymore, they still did. . . sometimes.  When he was in town, when he wasn't tired, or didn't come home so very, very late.  They still did--once in awhile.

Silently she reached into the closet for the long, ivory, silk robe.  She looked young and delicate in the early morning light, her dark hair falling softly over her shoulders like a sable shawl.  She stooped for a moment looking for her slippers.  Gone.  Pilar must have them again.  Nothing was sacred, not even slippers, least of all Deanna's.  She smiled to herself as she padded barefoot and silent across the thick carpeting and stole another glance at Marc, still asleep, so peaceful then.  When he slept, he still looked terribly young, almost like the man she met nineteen years before.  She watched him as she stood in the doorway, wanting him to stir, to wake, to hold his arms out to her sleepily with a smile, whispering to her words of so long ago, "Reviens, ma chÈrie.  Come back to bed, ma Diane.  La belle Diane."

She hadn't been that to him in a thousand years or more.  She was simply Deanna to him now, as to everyone else: "Deanna, can you come to dinner on Tuesday? Deanna, did you know that the garage door isn't properly closed?  Deanna, the cashmere jacket I just bought in London got badly mauled at the cleaner. Deanna, I'm leaving for Lisbon tonight (Or Paris.  Or Rome)."  She sometimes wondered if he even remembered the days of Diane, the days of late rising and laughter and coffee in her garret, or on her roof as they soaked up the sun in the months before they were married.  They had been months of golden dreams, golden hours--the stolen weekends in Acapulco, the four days in Madrid when they had pretended that she was his secretary.  Her mind drifted back often to those long-ago times.  Early mornings had a way of reminding her of the past.

"Diane, mon amour, are you coming back to bed?"  Her eyes shone at the remembered words.  She had been just eighteen and always anxious to come back to bed.  She had been shy but so in love with him.  Every hour, every moment had been filled with what she felt.  Her paintings had shown it too, they glowed with the luster of her love.  She remembered his eyes, as he sat in the studio, watching her, a pile of his own work on his knees, making notes, frowning now and then as he read, then smiling in his irresistible way when he looked up.  "Alors, Madame Picasso, ready to stop for lunch?"

"In a minute, I'm almost through."

"May I have a look?"  He would make as though to peek around the easel, waiting for her to jump up and protest, as she always did, until she saw the teasing in his eyes.

"Stop that!  You know you can't see it till I'm through."

"Why not?  Are you painting a shocking nude?"  Laughter lighting those dazzling blue eyes.

"Perhaps I am, monsieur.  Would that upset you very much?"

"Absolutely.  You're much too young to paint shocking nudes."

"Am I?"  Her big green eyes would open wide, sometimes taken in by the seeming seriousness of his words.  He had replaced her father in so many ways.  Marc had become the voice of authority, the strength on which she relied.  She had been so overwhelmed when her father had died.  It had been a godsend when suddenly Marc-Edouard Duras had appeared.  She had lived with a series of aunts and uncles after her father's death, none of whom had welcomed Deanna's presence in their midst.  And then finally, at the age of eighteen, after a year of vagabonding among her mother's relatives, she had gone off on her own, working in a boutique in the daytime, going to art school at night.  It was the art classes that kept her spirit alive.  She lived only for that.  She had been seventeen when her father died.  he had died instantly, crashing in the plane he loved to fly.  No plans had ever been made for her future; her father was convinced he was not only invincible but immortal.  Deanna's mother had died when she was twelve, and for years there had been no one in her life except Papa.  Her mother's relatives in San Francisco were forgotten, shut out, generally ignored by the extravagant and selfish man whom they held responsible for her death.  Deanna knew little of what had happened, only that "Mommy died."  Mommy died--her father's words on that bleak morning would ring in her ears for a lifetime.  The Mommy who had shut herself away from the world, who had hidden in her bedroom and a bottle, promising always "in a minute, dear" when Deanna knocked on her door.  The "in a minute, dears" had lasted for ten of her twelve years, leaving Deanna to play alone in corridors or her room, while her father flew his plane or went off suddenly on business trips with friends.  For a long time it had been difficult to decide if he had disappeared on trips because her mother drank, or if she drank because Papa was always gone.  Whatever the reason, Deanna was alone.  Until her mother died.  After that there had always been considerable discussion about "what in the hell to do."  For God's sake, I don't know a damned thing about kids, least of all little girls."  He had wanted to send her away, to a school, to a "wonderful place where there will be horses and pretty country and lots of new friends." But she had been so distraught that at last he had relented.  She didn't want to go to a wonderful place, she wanted to be with him.  He was a wonderful place, the magic father with the plane, the man who brought her marvelous gifts from faraway places.  The man she had bragged about for years and never understood.  Now, he was all she had.  All she had left, now that the woman behind the bedroom door was gone.

So he kept her.  He took her with him when he could, left her with friends when he couldn't, and taught her to enjoy the finer things in life:  The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, the George V in Paris, and The Stork Club in New York, where she had perched on a stool at the bar and not only drank a Shirley Temple but met her as a grown woman.  Papa had led a fabulous life.  And so had Deanna, for a while, watching everything, taking it all in, the sleek women, the interesting men, the dancing at El Morocco, the weekend trips to Beverly Hills. He had been a movie star once, a long time ago, a race driver, a pilot during the war, a gambler, a lover, a moan with a passion for life and women and anything he could fly.  He wanted Deanna to fly too, wanted her to know what it was to watch over the world at ten thousand feet, sailing through clouds and living on dreams.  But she had had her own dreams that were noting like his.  A quiet life, a house where they stayed all the time, a stepmother who did not hide behind "in a minute" or an always locked door.  At fourteen she was tired of El Morocco, and at fifteen she was tired of dancing with his friends.  At sixteen she had managed to finish school, and desperately wanted to go to Vassar or Smith.  Papa insisted it would be a bore.  So she painted instead, on sketch pads and canvases she took with her wherever they went.  She drew on paper tablecloths in the South of France, and the backs of letters from his friends, having no friends of her own.  She drew on anything she could get her hands on.  A gallery owner in Venice had told her that she was good, that if she stuck around, he might show her work.  He didn't of course.  They left Venice after a month, and Florence after two, Rome after six, and Paris after one, then finally back to the States, where Papa had promised her a home, a real one this time, and maybe even a real-live stepmother to go with it.  He had met an American actress in Rome--"someone you'll love," he had promised, as he packed a bag for a weekend at her ranch somewhere near L.A.

Excerpted from Summer's End by Danielle Steel.  Copyright © 1979 by Danielle Steel.  Reprinted by permission of Dell, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.  No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or republished without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I have read most of DS's books. This one was as good if not better then some of them. I really like the way that she writes.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    LOVED this book

    I just have to say I absolutely loved this story. Another one of those books that I just couldn't put down. I read my nook in the swimming pool for hours yesterday and finished it at midnight... A must have for fans of Danielle Steel!

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    wonderful and romantic

    a simply wonderful book. I hated to see it end. pianopam

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    Summer's End

    Summer's End was a novel that dealt with real life. Dealt with cheating and lying and finding out the real truth. Daniel Steel deals with real life problems and that makes her a well known writer

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    a pretty sweeet book

    the book was well read, the beginning was slow, but once i got into it, i couldn't put it down. the conflict is pretty sweet and the plot twists made the book all the more interesting to me

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    She is a Classic Author

    Another good book... 2 Thumbs UP!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    EXTARORDINARY!

    I indulged myself in the romance this book has to offer. Danielle Steel has done it once again. Her detailed words have a way of creeping under your skin. She gave Deanna such a wonderful life, a second chance, after that awful trap of a marrige she was in. Steel always manages to captivate the love in things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Elder's Den

    EndClan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Summers e Summers End

    Excellent book. I could not put it down, like so many of Danielle Steel's other books.
    I have been reading her books for so many years. I have never read a boreing story, or one I didn't enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Grea DANIELLE STEEL

    GOOD READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Love this story

    Happy the way the book turn out she needed someone to love her that way Thank You Danielle

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    *****

    Highly recommend!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Summers end

    One of many of her best could not put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    GREAT READ!

    Great book!

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Girl Book

    Enjoyable, a real Danielle Steel type book. I enjoy all of her books, just nice easy reading, kind of makes you feel good type book. Fun and light reading. Enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    Shes Got it!!

    I bought this book and started it immediately, i started around 2pm and read it out by 11pm. I read Answered Prayers and its basically a repeat of that book just different characters and places but basically its similiar but the book still wowed me, it had me smiling, tears in my eyes, maybe cause i can relate to alot of DS stories, do make sure to get a copy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    Steel You go girl!!!

    This was a wonderful book. Danielle Steel never lets me down I love it and I passed it on. Keep it up and I will continue to pass the books around:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    FANTASTIC!!!

    Once again Steel does it again!! I couldn't keep my hands off the book. It's like you're falling in love all over again!! Highly recommend!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Great beach read

    Just make you cry what happen after 18 years being married.It was firts time read any thing from Danille Steels/ Very good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    A very uplifting book

    This book was the best book that I have ever read. Even though I was not married when I read it, nor did I have any children, Danielle Steele made me really relate to Deanna. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

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