Dune Road

Jane Green, 1968-

Book - 2009

Set in the beach community of a tiny Connecticut town, our heroine is a single mom who works for a famous--and famously reclusive--novelist. When she stumbles on a secret that the great man has kept hidden for years, she knows that there are plenty of women in town who would love to get their hands on it--including some who fancy the writer for themselves.

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New York : Viking 2009.
Item Description
Published in the U.K. under the title Girl Friday.
Physical Description
vii, 341 p. ; 22 cm
Main Author
Jane Green, 1968- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Kit Hargrove's divorce has been remarkably civil, and it's allowed her to move out of the huge, cold house she's never liked into a smaller home with her two children. Kit finds a job as an assistant to a famous but reclusive thriller writer named Robert McClore, who lost his wife decades ago in a boating accident. Kit isn't sure how she feels about her friend Tracy's pointed interest in Robert, but she's soon distracted by Steve, a handsome new man who's just moved to town. This novel offers some surprising twists at the midpoint, when a mysterious young woman shows up claiming to be Kit's half-sister, and Tracy's past catches up to her. Green has smoothly transitioned from twentysomething chick lit set in Britain (Jemina J, 2000, and Mr. Maybe, 2001) to fortysomething women's novels set on America's East Coast, and her latest engaging read is bound to please the many fans who have followed her over. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A single mother working for a crotchety novelist in a fancy Connecticut beach town discovers that he has a deep, dark secret. With a five-city tour. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

If the financial crisis hit Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane, the result would be Green's (The Beach House) latest novel. After a meandering initial 100 pages, the plot involving a group of fortyish girlfriends finally takes shape. Each of the three friends finds herself in the middle of her own soap opera: Kit's newly discovered half sister is sneaking around with her ex-husband, Charlie's silver spoon is yanked from her mouth when her banker husband loses his job, and Tracy's abusive first husband threatens to reveal her past to her friends. Life in the bedroom community of Highfield, CT, can't escape the chaos that the Wall Street crash inflicts. When the town's local celebrity—an infamous and reclusive author—opens his Dune Road home for a party, the drama of these residents is suddenly out there for all to see. VERDICT Whether you care about these characters or not is irrelevant in this quick, easy beach read. Green's name on the cover will be enough to attract interest. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/09.]—Anika Fajardo, St. Catherine Univ. Lib., St. Paul, MN [Page 59]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

In the latest inviting summer read from bestseller Green (The Beach House), divorced mom Kit Hargrove learns about family, love, and the price of secrets while rediscovering passion for life and her small Connecticut beach town. As the off-season begins, Kit is still recovering from the breakup of her marriage (to solicitous but work-obsessed Adam), working for famously reclusive author Robert McClore, and practicing yoga with her new friend Tracy. Upheaval soon arrives in the form of a mysterious new boyfriend and a long-lost sister, as well as a scandalous secret regarding Kit's much-desired employer. Green's newest has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters. With three main plots, however, Green tries to pack in too much story, ultimately shortchanging her characters and her readers. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A single mom working for a famously reclusive author in a tony Connecticut beach town stumbles on a secret that many of the eccentric and moneyed locals would love to get their hands on.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The instant New York Times bestseller from one of the most beloved voices in women's fictionAn ever-growing legion of fans greets the publication of each new tale from the inimitable Jane Green. Her latest gem,Dune Road, is set in tony Highfield, Connecticut, where recent divorcee Kit Hargrove has joyfully exchanged the requisite diamond studs and Persian rugs of a Wall Street Widow for a clapboard Cape with sea-green shutters and sprawling impatiens. Her kids are content, her ex cooperative, and each morning she wakes up to her dream job: assisting the blockbuster novelist Robert McClore. Then an unexpected series of events forces Kit to realize that her blissfully constructed idyll and blossoming new romance aren't as perfect as she thought. A warm, witty, and gloriously observed meditation on the challenges of starting over,Dune Road is Jane Green at her absolute best.