Off Season

Off Season

by Anne Rivers Siddons


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ISBN-13: 9780446698290
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 592,136
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

OFF SEASON is Anne Rivers Siddons's 17th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit


Charleston, South Carolina and a summer home in Maine overlooking Penobscot Bay

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1936

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, Georgia


B.A., Auburn University, 1958; Atlanta School of Art, 1958

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Off Season 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge ARS fan. The first ARS book that I read of hers was 'Colony' and I loved it. Sine then, I have read almost all of her books. 'Off Season' is very reminiscent of 'Colony' with a big twist and a surprise ending, dare I say, a la J. Picoult, that has apparently stunned her readers based on many reviews that I have read. However, instead of being disappointed with this ending, I relished it 'but only after reading those last few pages about 2 or 3 times...'! I enjoyed the complex writing at the end. Why do books have to tie-up so nice & neat in the final pages in black and white for so many readers? I find nice & neat endings predictable and boring. If you have read ARS's 1978 classic, 'The House Next Door' then you would know that this type of story ending is not uncommon for ARS. 'If you have not read THND, then read it soon!' THND book & ending left me thinking about it and talking about it for days with other ARS readers. I am happy to say that 'Off Season' has left me in the same frame of mind! I love an ending that stays in my mind for days and leaves me wanting to discuss with so many others who have read it. Thank you Ms. Siddons!
Laurie2LG More than 1 year ago
I have tried to read this book for weeks, picking it up time after time, slogging through chapters, waiting to be grabbed. It's not happening. It's slow and the storyline is not well represented in the synopsis. I'm only halfway through and may not make it the rest of the way. Save yourself the frustration. Choose a different title.
Slessman More than 1 year ago
OFF SEASON Anne Rivers Siddons Grand Central Publishing $13.99 358 pages ISBN: 978-0-446-52787-3 Reviewer: Annie Slessman I have been a regular reader of Anne Rivers Siddons works. Her writing is somewhat "lyrical" or what my writer teacher would deem as descriptive writing. OFF SEASON, her latest works, is no exception. The story begins as Lilly loses her beloved husband, Cam. They had been partners in the truest sense and were thought of as a happy couple by those who knew them best. When Lilly loses Cam suddenly she travels back to the place she had spent her best childhood years and the place where she and Cam had fell in love - the Coast of Maine. When Lilly arrives at their beach cottage in Maine she spends her days reliving her childhood years, the love she once lost as a child and discovers secrets about Cam she never wanted to know. The story is one that will keep you reading, so don't expect to get anything accomplished while reading this work. It is a compelling tale of a woman's lost love and her attempt to deal with the ghosts that surround her. The ending is a surprising one and no, I didn't see it coming. I thought I knew all the tricks of the trade and should have been able to figure out the ending of this tale. This was not to be. If you buy one summer book, make it OFF SEASON.
OntheRocks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have lived long enough to experience the loss of a loved one. People that we love dearly can disappoint us too. And there are mysteries following death that have no explanation. I loved the ending too! Meoow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Off Season", and I enjoyed it very much! As far as the ending went, at the very end we were told that Jon was the one who was there for her....not Cam, and I took that to mean he was the one who was there "in spirit". In the Epilogue after that, it revealed that Peaches' son, who came to check on Lilly, was actually Cam's son with Peaches -- as it said Lilly was looking at this young man, and he looked just like Cam. After this young man stopped back in, Lilly was dead. As an afterthought, he went back and got her cat, Silas, who was abandoned. The cat then crawled up against this young man like he knew him -- thus, showing again that the young man was Cam's son with Peaches. Peaches was evidentlly determined to hurt Lilly!

This is how I understand the book ended, and seemed fitting from all that had happened before. I loved this book -- could NOT put it down!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have long been a fan of the author's books and loved most of them. This book was a great read and engaging story right up until the end. The ending felt rushed and contrived, almost as though the author didn't know how to tie it all together and needed to get pages back to her editor. I was very dissappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't enjoy what felt like an abrupt ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every one of Anne Rivers Siddons' novels so this one disappointed me. It might be a good choice for a book club discussion. I'd be interested in hearing how others felt about it. I wonder if any men ever read Siddons. I'd like a male viewpoint on Lily's Dad and Cam. As a woman, I've sized up Peaches and Kitty. Lily is a real case study!
Novel-Chick More than 1 year ago
I like Anne Rivers Siddons - in particular Colony and Outer Banks. Off Season was well written. The ending was a let down, but I'll have to admit I've been thinking about it ever since I finished it last night. When a book impacts you in that manner, it's probably a worthwhile read. Reading the reviews of others has helped. This would be a great book club book - much to discuss: themes of loss, love, betrayal, etc. I must say I was disappointed that Lily's marriage was not what she had imagined it to be...few of us probably know everything about our spouses though...Did Lily die of shock, heartbreak, hypothermia??? She seemed to be delusional. I wasn't sure she had actually died until I read the epilogue. I wished Siddons had provided a little more closure at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Siddons is one of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed the book. Was caught off guard by the ending. It's well worth the time to read and enjoy. I'll be re-reading in the near future.
Booklover-605 More than 1 year ago
My first ARS book was Colony. I thought this book would remind me of Colony, because of the coastal Maine affluent cottages. Colony had much better character development and plot. ARS characters always experience death, loss, grief and sometimes their lives resolve to a new level. I agree with anonomous, that David is the Son of Peaches and Cam, this explains the confusing ending. I like how ARS wrote the ending for Silas, the cat. I had a cat that almost seemed to talk to you, and I can understand how picky cats can be. The happiest part of the ending is learning that David and Silas have bonded, and the grouchy cat will not be abandoned. Not enough character development of Cam and of the daughters of Cam and Lily. Most of ARS's latest books are short, and she does not seem to want to write three generations of characters in her books anymore. I would say this was an interesing, quick read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I agree with the other reviewers that the ending is a surprise and I found quite confusing as well as atypical of Anne Rivers Siddons - it seemed to lack the detail and emotional backstop that her story lines usually have - I nonetheless enjoyed it immensely. Several points of contention with one reviewer, however - nowhere did I get the impression that the main character Lilly hated her father, quite the opposite to the extent that she felt both protective of him and protected by him, and I feel it's quite a stretch to say that Peaches coveted specifically a father who taught at GW, etc. - it would give away some juicy details to mention why, but I simply can't agreet with that assessment. Aside from that,Siddons' way of describing people and places continues to enthrall me.
VickiLN on LibraryThing 24 days ago
When I first received the book, I thought "Oh no, it's so long" (358 pages). I really like to read shorter books. But as soon as I started reading I loved the characters and the descriptions of Edgewater made me feel as if I was there with them at the sea, smelling the food from the kitchen, feeling the excitement at being a child in the summertime. The only down side was I felt the book should have concentrated more on Lilly and Cam's life together, since there are missing years we know nothing about. I felt Lilly's pain at losing her loved one and loved that she talked to him and "heard" him talk to her. I've read mixed reviews about the ending, but if you read carefully and pay attention to what comes before, you might have an idea of what is coming. I did, and loved it from a readers point of view, but hated it for Lilly. This will definitely not be my last Anne Rivers Siddons book!
pak6th on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Lilly returns to her beloved summer home in Maine to mourn the death of her husband Cam. Memories of her early live make up the story including the tale of Jon, her first love at 12 years, who died tragically. How she met and married Cam, and raised a family are all included. The house feels as though it is filling up with ghosts as the summer ends and a northeaster approaches making for a stunning ending.
malpower on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Oh gosh....I've always loved Siddons' books and I loved this one about 99% of the way through, too -- especially the first half about Lilly's childhood and summers at Edgewater in Maine, the descriptions of her family especially were lovely, very sympathetic and interesting people, a lovely, warm family. So much was evocative of my own summers when I was a child, the feel of the days and nights, the smells -- even the fact Lilly believed she could fly at one time -- I understood it all and loved it. It seemed idyllic and of course we know that doesn't really last even in our own lives. Lilly's first love, first kiss -- and then the tragedies, the years hiding from the world -- it was heart wrenching and sad and I had some tearful moments, that's for sure -- but it all made sense, I could understand it. Then after Lilly meets Cam, too little was said of the years of Lilly's marriage to Cam, and on reflection it was sketchy and didn't seem to hang together with the intense emotion of the early part of the story -- I'm still trying to piece it together to make sense of what followed. I was also waiting for a bit of revenge somewhere in regard to the horrid Peaches from childhood - felt sure it would come in some way, at some point. The last pages totally shocked me -- not only was there no revenge but I felt Lilly had been completely betrayed -- and that I, the reader, had been too. I was first shocked, upset enough to cry, and then I got very mad. I am still trying to figure this out and what Siddons was trying to say. What Cam did was so very cruel and there was never any indication that he was a cruel person -- he seemed to be a pretty sensitive and understanding guy. There were a couple of other things that made no sense and I had hoped for a wee bit of enlightenment -- the letters sent to Cam that Lilly has thrown away by the post office, and why the boy David went to his mother's house "only when he had to" -- what? why? I may change my review later, might have an ah-ha moment, but right now I don't know quite how I feel about this book, aside from anger!
stephaniechase on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Siddon's latest rich-people-in-a-beautiful-setting novel (this time, it's set mostly in Maine) has been incredibly popular at the Library... but a unintelligible, confusing ending makes what was an okay story into a train wreck.
cinnamonowl on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I loved this book until the last 10 pages or so. Then I think Siddons lost her mind and reached to put some sort of twist into the book. If I read and understood this correctly, Cam had a child with Peaches. There was nothing to indicate to the reader that this was a possibility, ever. It didn't make sense. And then when Lilly dies, she is reunited with Jon, and not Cam? This ruined the whole book for me- the "twist" was unnecessary.
carpenter.beth on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This author has an incredible talent for describing place in a way that you can feel it, smell it, and breathe it while you read. The characters were honest and fascinating. And while I figured out one surprise before the end, another one took my breath away. A fantastic read!
Vidalia on LibraryThing 24 days ago
After losing her beloved husband, Cam, Lilly returns to her family's beach house in Maine to spread his ashes and remember not only her husband, but her first love, Jon. Siddons lulls you along to the final chapter where the truth is revealed - and - SPOILER - yuck, the mean girl wins in the end. Was I ever completely bummed out after finishing - all that melodrama and then the evil one triumphs big time. Probably happens more than we'd like to admit.
OneMorePage on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Lily loves the summers she and her family spend at their summer house on the Maine coast. The summer of her 11th year, though, changed her life forever. Then, she met 12-year-old John and fell instantly in love. She also met spoiled Peaches, who was jealous of Lily's happy existence. This jealousy led to John's death and Lily not returning to her beloved summer house for many years.Now in her 60's, Lily is in Maine in the wake of the sudden death of her husband, Cam, whom she married here in Maine at eighteen. Lily thinks back through her life as she tries to make sense, not of Cam's death, but why he was where he was when he died. Lily muses with the ghosts of her past and finally figures it out.A great story of love and loss with a bit of a mystery running though it. If you are a long-time Siddons reader, you may find this book reminiscent of [Colony]. If, in you youth, you had a summer love and have wondered what life would have been like had you spent it with this young love, you will definately enjoy [Off Season].
ccayne on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Siddons can be a good storyteller. The reader is drawn into Lily's idyllic summer home on the Maine coast, her beautiful mother and devoted father and then her first love, Jon, and enemy, Peaches. That summer changes Lily and the loss of her mother follows soon after and the family never returns to Maine. The strength of the book was the early part, Lily's adolescence, how she found solace in water and her retreat from the world at large along with her father. Then, she met Cam and married. At this point in the book, Siddons stopped revealing Lily's inner life and instead goes on a superficial journey through the next 30 years or so, all of which ends with Cam's unexpected death. What is revealed after Cam's death felt like a cheap shot to me. None of that jibed with Siddons' portrayal of Lily and Cam and then, it was over.
MsGemini on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The cover grabbed me and I was hoping for a great book. At first, I had a difficult time getting into this story. Once I got a little further into the book, I was really enjoying the characters and the relationship between Lilly and John. Then once again towards the last 1/4 of the story, I was finding myself re-reading sentences. I did not like the ending. I felt it was rushed. I wanted something more in the end.
MargaretdeBuhr on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I thought this would become one of my favorites. The storyline was great but the last chapters seemed to be written by someone else completely. It lost it when the cat started talking.
JoniO on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Despite the attractive cover and the reputation of the author, this book was a disappointment. The book starts out well with the story of Lilly Davenport's life during the summer of 1962 and how she deals with multiple tragedies very early in her life.The latter portions of the novel are difficult to follow - especially when you have to deal with a talking cat. I don't know if the ending of the novel was meant to be unclear, but I found myself re-reading the final pages and wondering what happened. It also led me to believe that I totally mis-understood Lilly's relationship with her husband. Cam.Somewhere the story line was lost and ended as a disappointment.
punxsygal on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Not one of my favorites. After Cam's death, Lily retreats to the old family vacation home on the coast of Maine. There she (and the reader) exam her life and her marriage.