Elin Hilderbrand wrote a historical novel, and we are ALL here for it!
Elin Hilderbrand is the Queen of Summer Reads, and now she has written a historical novel about the summer of 1969. Hildebrand, who writes of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard with all the dedication of place as any southern writer, again sets her novel in the beach towns of New England.
The Levin family summers at their grandmother's home in Nantucket, but this year the gathering is as uncertain as the political climate. Blair, the oldest sister, is pregnant with twins and can't travel. Kirby, the middle sister, is enamored with the civil rights protests and determined to be independent. She takes a summer job on Martha's Vineyard. And Tiger, the only son, is a soldier recently deployed to Vietnam.
So Jessie, thirteen, and feeling very much alone, is the only Levin summering with her grandmother and her mother, each of them hiding a disturbing secret. As summer progresses, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, a woman dies, a man goes to the moon, and the Levin family suffer their own political upheavals.