Golden Girl : a novel / Elin Hilderbrand.
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- 1 of 1 copy available at John P. Webster Library - West Hartford.
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|John P. Webster Library - West Hartford||PS 3558 .I384355 G65 2021 (Text to phone)||30401147766186||Adult New Book||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9780316420082
- ISBN: 0316420085
- Physical Description: 377 pages ; 25 cm
- Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2021.
Entering the afterlife due to a hit and run accident, a successful author learns she can observe the earthly lives of her nearly grown children and is also permitted three "nudges" to alter the outcome of events.
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Just when best-selling author Vivi Howe achieves critical success, she's killed by a hit-and-run driver. Then she's whisked away to a boho-chic greenroom, where she can watch her family on Nantucket while she awaits the release of what is now her final novel, Golden Girl. Despite the supernatural twist, this is classic Hilderbrand. Multiple perspectives--those of each of Vivi's three young adult children (Willa, Carson, and Leo), her ex-husband, his girlfriend, the chief of police, and a Greek chorus of Nantucketers, to name a few--reveal inner turmoil and secrets, including the high-school boyfriend nobody knew about who inspired Howe's Golden Girl. The investigation seems to stall when evidence disappears, until a culprit who seems a little too likely appears. But, as always, the plot is secondary to the reading experience as Hilderbrand once again transports readers to Nantucket, from the Oystercatcher bar to the Field and Oar Club, and the Nickel and its mouthwatering sandwiches. The meta aspects of this novel about life and forgiveness read like Hilderbrand's swan song, but, hopefully, she has many more Nantucket tales in store.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It's almost summer, which means Hilderbrand's legions of fans will be anxious for her latest.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Hilderbrand (The Beach Club) expertly tugs at the heartstrings with this fantastical story of an unexpected death. After Nantucket novelist Vivi Howe is killed in a hit-and-run, her family and friends are left reeling, among them her pregnant daughter, Willa; her hard-partying daughter, Carson; her son, Leo; and feckless ex-husband, JP. An HÃ¨rmes scarf--wearing guardian spirit named Martha allows Vivi the chance to watch over them until the end of the summer, and allows her three "nudges" to keep them from harm. As the summer progresses and her loved ones struggle, Vivi learns her children's secrets--and considers using a "nudge" to intervene on Carson's relationship with an older man. She also watches as her ex-husband finally accepts that taking on a mistress was an epic mistake, and, with Martha's help, begins to move on into the afterlife. Hilderbrand has a talent for creating characters that etch themselves onto readers' hearts, and delivers a big, well-earned surprise with the hit-and-run driver's identity. Strong supporting characters, notably a long-ago ex from Vivi's past, add texture. Hilderbrand's enchanting, emotional novel will delight her many fans. (June)