Cape Cod, 1950: As America gets back on its feet after the war, The Kaplans host a party to celebrate the life of their late son Billy. As Billy’s son, Richie, struggles to navigate life without his father, he forges a friendship with Michael, a German orphan, and together they befriend the artist Edward Hopper and his wife. What unfolds is a beautifully rendered story of love and regret, jealousy and obsession. Gems like this are the reason we keep reading!
- Recommended by Nicola Kennedy, Dubray Bray
"A brilliant portrait... With a beguiling grace and a deceptive simplicity, Christine Dwyer Hickey reminds us that the past is never far away - rather, it constantly surrounds us, suspends us, haunts us." Colum McCann
1950: late summer season on Cape Cod. Michael, a ten-year-old boy, is spending the summer with Richie and his glamorous but troubled mother. Left to their own devices, the boys meet a couple living nearby - the artists Jo and Edward Hopper - and an unlikely friendship is forged.
She, volatile, passionate and often irrational, suffers bouts of obsessive sexual jealousy. He, withdrawn and unwell, depressed by his inability to work, becomes besotted by Richie's frail and beautiful Aunt Katherine who has not long to live - an infatuation he shares with young Michael.
A novel of loneliness and regret, the legacy of World War II and the ever-changing concept of the American Dream.