Summer of '69

Summer of '69

by Elin Hilderbrand

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Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first historical novel

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.

In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316419994
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand was born on July 17, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. She has used her 50 years to write 23 novels and raise three children on Nantucket Island.

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Summer of '69 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jbarr5 2 days ago
Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand Book follows a family-3 girls, one boy during the summer of 1969. Each one could have their own book on their own-they are just so good. Remember myself listening to the radio when my brother was up for induction into the military but he had a number that meant he'd not be seeing any .... The girls brother was not so lucky-he was sent to Vietnam to fight. One treasures his letters home. Another woman is pregnant with twins but her husband is not so faithful and she ends up on the Vineyard. The grandmother is also there and the other two girls have jobs for the summer months. Love the traditions that are followed every year. Especially like hearing of the things they do on the island-very similar to how I grew up on the island in the bay nearby. Beaches-nude beach, public beach, beach for Blacks only as just a handful of those that are talked about. Each one holds their own speciality. Events lead to the death of a young woman who makes world wide fame because of who she was with.... So many events I recall from my childhood. Twists and turns and so many secrets that shed light on what's really going on. Love hearing the soldiers journey and especially love how the book came about. About the author and notes are included at the end. Resources are noted and acknowledgements and other works by the author are highlighted. Received this review copy from Little, Brown and Company via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
Peppyob 2 days ago
This is the first book I have ever read by Elin Hilderbrand. It will not be my last. I'm thrilled to discover a new author (to me) to follow. The summer of 69 was a turbulent time. Anyone growing up in that era will surely identify with the experiences of the Foley/Levin family. The four siblings Blair,Tiger, Kirby and Jessica are all affected by the issues of the time. Blair, the eldest is struggling with feminism and retaining her individually while pregnant with twins and saddled with a astrophysicist husband who wants a stay at home wife while he makes his mark in the history of space exploration. Tiger has been drafted and deployed to Vietnam. Kirby is the beautiful wild child who is taken with all the social and political issues (i.e. Civil rights, antiwar protests, women's lib etc). of the time. She also is asserting her independence this summer. Jessica, the youngest is becoming a teenager and is struggling with coming of age issues. She also shares a special bond with Tiger and worries greatly about him. Mother Kate is having a hard time, struggling with a lifelong secret. Fears about Tiger being in Vietnam is more than Kate can cope with. She turns to alcohol. Maternal Grandmother, Exalta Nichols is set in her ways and is a prime example of Wasp culture. However, Exalta is not exempt from having a big secret herself. Though I've never experienced summers in Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, the vivid descriptions of the homes, beaches and towns, brought them to life for me. All the chapters in the book are cleverly titled after relevant songs of the 1960s. Summer of 69 is the perfect summer read with a perfect mix of historical fiction, romance and family drama.
whatsbetterthanbooks 5 hours ago
Relevant, vivid, and absorbing! Summer of ’69 is a nostalgic, domestic tale that takes us back to the idyllic island of Nantucket during a year when Vietnam was still raging, and Apollo 11 was finally going to put men on the moon, and into the lives of the blended Foley-Levin family as they navigate a summer of revelations, change, and new additions. The writing is expressive and polished. The characters are genuine, troubled, and sympathetic. And the spirited plot is a delightful mix of summer fun, heartbreak, coming-of-age, secrets, wartime worries, adultery, racial segregation, women’s rights, and fresh starts. Overall, Summer of ’69 is once again a beguiling, heartfelt, must-read summer tale by Hilderbrand that highlights the power of family and reminds us that even though we’ve come so far, in some respects we still have a long way to go.