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The Last Summer of the Camperdowns

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“A witty, suspenseful tale of murder,
marital conflict and agonizing secrets.
. . . The exuberant story is transporting and delicious, a worthy summer read.”—People

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s ...

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Overview

“A witty, suspenseful tale of murder,
marital conflict and agonizing secrets.
. . . The exuberant story is transporting and delicious, a worthy summer read.”—People

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents.
When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer’s uproarious and dramatic must-read.

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Editorial Reviews

Ayana Mathis - New York Times Book Review
“Kelly’s novel is a coming-of-age meets a whodunit… A laugh-out-loud funny page turner.”
Carolyn See - Washington Post
“A wonderful novel is like an orchid: smooth, creamy, full of unexpected crevasses. The more you look at it, the more surprising it is. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, by Canadian writer Elizabeth Kelly, is like that, giving us characters you’ve never seen before, worlds we never knew, crimes we never thought of. Of course, some of us raise horses for the fun of it and run for Congress and may be bona fide movie stars, but not too many, and as purely escapist literature, The Last Summer works beautifully… Really terrific fiction.”
Abbe Wright - O Magazine
“The plot unfolds like the Cape Cod season itself… beginning lazily, languidly, before heating up and morphing into a fast-paced thriller.”
Holly LeCraw
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is both spooky and smart, with a fun-house-mirror cast of Cape Cod Irish aristocrats like no other. It's as if the Kennedys had catapulted themselves into a tale by Edgar Allen Poe—with rollicking, harrowing, and above all highly entertaining results.”
Marcy Dermansky
“There was no putting down this book. Elizabeth Kelly’s riveting The Last Summer of the Camperdowns left me breathless.”
Booklist
“The best-selling author of Apologize! Apologize! (2009) returns with another witty take on a dysfunctional family… Kelly is a very entertaining writer with a digressive style and a way with metaphor …readers will find much to like in this colorful story peopled with larger-than-life personalities.”
Redbook
“These vibrant personalities jump off the page individually, and the collective dynamic is as lifelike and scintillating as beautifully cast actors in an artfully directed play… the scenes and dialogue unravel organically, and razor-sharp witticisms tumble out effortlessly.”
Elin Hilderbrand
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is one of the most delightful beach books evah! It is the literary equivalent of a dozen Wellfleet oysters—salty, sweet, sublime.”
Bookreporter.com
“Elizabeth Kelly's second novel continues to explore— in her characteristically tight, witty prose—the dysfunctional American family….The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is garnering a lot of comparisons to The Great Gatsby, with its love triangle, dangerous obsessions and undercurrent of violence. But Kelly's novel pushes the boundaries even more, bumping up against absurdity but remaining just credible enough to be, at times, seriously creepy. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, with its vivid and notable Cape Cod setting, is a unique beach read, the kind that might keep you glancing over your shoulder to make sure no one is sneaking up behind your beach chair.”
Good Housekeeping
“Twelve-year-old Riddle James Camperdown witnesses a crime that will change her life and lives of those around her. A story about the family ties, the quest for status, and the secrets that kill.”
Boston Magazine
“[Kelly] takes readers to the Cape of the early 1970s. The narrator, a 12-year-old Wellfleet girl with eccentric ‘Me Decade’ parents—her mother a retired movie star and her father a candidate for Congress—is plunged beneath the surface of the idyllic summer setting when she discovers dark family secrets and witnesses a sinister crime she won’t soon forget.”
Barbara Clark - The Barnstable Patriot
“Kelly has a deceptively low-paced writing style that nevertheless delivers a jolt at every turn. Pungent metaphors often collide and occasionally cancel each other out…. She keeps us on the edge without letting us fall into the gothic trap…. This atmospheric summer read will not disappoint readers looking for a great turn of phrase and a mesmerizing story.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410462893
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/30/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 598
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Kelly is the best-selling author of the novel Apologize, Apologize! and is an award-winning journalist. She lives in Merrickville, Ontario, with her husband, five dogs, and three cats.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

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    I really enjoyed this book. It is narrated by an adult lady refl

    I really enjoyed this book. It is narrated by an adult lady reflecting on the summer she was 12 years old. At times the book loses its flow, but it quickly recovers each time. Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend it. The author, Elizabeth Kelly, is a very good writer.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

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    A very good novel about the problems of the uber rich.

    A very good novel about the problems of the uber rich.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

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    I truly enjoyed this book about the short comings and preoccupat

    I truly enjoyed this book about the short comings and preoccupations of the wealthy. Having it narrated by the adult version of Riddle makes it very interesting. The author has a certain dry wit that keeps the novel moving.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    If I did half star reviews this book would get 2 1/2 stars... I

    If I did half star reviews this book would get 2 1/2 stars...

    I found this a little hard to get into.. I guess maybe it was the writing style or maybe the characters or maybe just me. I did however love the name of the main character…12 year old Riddle James Camperdown, called Jimmy by her dad. And named after Jimmy Hoffa, quite the name for a little girl to tote around.
    The story takes place in 1972 on Cape Cod with Riddle and her self centered and caustic parents, the mother Greer who I must say I did somewhat enjoy her dry, nasty wit and her loud overbearing father who is running for office but, most of the time I just felt sorry for 12 year old Riddle.
    Riddle witnesses a crime in her neighbors barn and her inability to do or say anything about it is what keeps the story moving along even if it is rather slowly…
    Everyone has secrets in this book and they are all hiding or keeping them for or from someone else, and this can have interesting and devastating consequences for everyone involved.
    all in all it is a good, if somewhat slow read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Great read.

    Great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Great Read with twist at the end

    This was a great Read with twist at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

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    What a bore! Don't bother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Not your typical summer fare

    I had seen some great reviews of this book and I thought it was just another beach read. However, it was so much more. Couldn't forget it after I finished it. Go and buy this one now!

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Good

    Good summer read.

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