Look for the blockbuster bestseller Summer Sisters, now in paperback, on sale May 4, 1999.
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Everybody's talking about Judy Blume!
"The emotional connection a person can form with one true friend can be the most formative experience in a person's life. In Summer Sisters, Judy Blume explores the friendship that spans 18 years in the lives of two women and the lasting effect this relationship has on both of them....Summer Sisters is her first foray into adult fiction in nearly 15 years, and it is well worth the wait....Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters, revealing all the hidden emotions lying beneath the surface. Summer Sisters is an exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying at various points, sometimes at the same time. Blume's talent lies in creating characters you can see yourself in, and, hopefully, we won't have to wait another 15 years for her to delve into the adult landscape again."
--The Denver Post
"..an adult book with universal appeal."
"You'll love it like a sister."
"Judy Blume...tells it like it is.... She obviously knows what it's like to have a best friend with whom to share everything from clothes to secrets to late-night fears...Summer Sisters is a good beach book, as predictable as sand in your sheets, as warm as the sea breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing 'How Sweet It Is.' You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was."
"With engaging characters, an intriguing plot and plenty of sex, this is an entertaining adult fairy tale, a summer read shameless enough to wear its season on its jacket."
--San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle
"[Blume] catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends. Blume's characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside, proving that this talented realist continues to do what she does best."
"her writing sings"
"In her first adult novel in 15 years, Blume leads two best friends from age 12 to 30 through first love, college, marriage, and motherhood...Interspersed viewpoints of various characters add interest and depth to what is a relentlessly readable book..."
"Summer Sisters is a fictional fountain of youth sure to make the reader young all over again." --Newsday
"Blume tells a good story, creates memorable characters, provides innovative structural devices and demonstrates an ear for up-to-the-minute vernacular....Many readers of Summer Sisters who traveled with Blume in their youth will welcome this new opportunity to visit with a writer who now spins provocative tales for them and other grown-ups to read."
"A woman for all seasons...An effortless, enjoyable read."
"Both the story and the girls will quickly capture readers' interest. The author's perceptive treatment of special childhood moments, the trials and joys of adolescence, and the magical possibilities of summer make this an entertaining read."
--School Library Journal
"[Blume] slowly peels off the layers that reveal natures of people, and how they feel about their lives and the people around them."
--Middlesex (Mass.) News
"The years pass by at a fast and steamy clip in Blume's latest adult novel."
"[A]n engaging coming-of-age story set during a series of summers on Martha's Vineyard in the late 70s and early 80s. Blume keeps her story moving...her portrait of an unlikely yet enduring friendship as it changes over time will remind readers why they read Blume's books when they were young: she finds a provocative theme and spins an involving story."
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A Coast to Coast Bestseller!
Since its publication, Summer Sisters has appeared on the following best-seller lists:
The New York Times