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On Fire Island (Paperback)
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"Dazzling...as funny as it is poignant, nostalgic as it is sharp." —Carley Fortune, New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After
A book editor spends one last summer on Fire Island in this sparkling and surprising new novel from the author of A Shoe Story.
As a book editor, Julia Morse lived and breathed stories. Whether with her pen to a manuscript or curled up with a book while at her beloved Fire Island cottage, her imagination alight with a good tale, she could anticipate practically any ending. The ending she’d never imagined was her own.
To be fair, no one expects to die at thirty-seven. So when the unthinkable happens to Julia, rather than following the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, she chooses to spend one last summer near those she loves most.
As she follows her adoring, novelist husband Ben to their—unexpectedly full—home on Fire Island, she discovers the ripple affect her life has had on the trajectory of so many: her baseball loving, young-at-heart neighbor who believes it’s best not to go it alone, two bright-eyed teenagers eager to become adults, and her best friend who must shake off heartbreak for a new chance at love.
With poignant comedy and insight, On Fire Island is an ode to the stories all around us and to the brightest types of loves…for the people closest to you and the places that shape you.
About the Author
Jane L. Rosen is an author and screenwriter whose critically acclaimed first novel, Nine Women, One Dress, has been translated into ten languages. She lives in New York City and on Fire Island with her husband and three daughters.
“Wanna get away? Spend a delicious, idyllic summer On Fire Island with a cast of characters who will win your heart and soul. Rosen’s intimate, detailed descriptions of the charms of Fire Island provide an irresistible escape.”
—Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Five-Star Weekend
“I can’t stop thinking about On Fire Island, Jane L. Rosen’s dazzling story of enduring love, gut-wrenching loss and unlikely friendships. I read it with an enormous smile on my face and tears in my eyes—it’s as funny as it is poignant, nostalgic as it is sharp. A beautiful tribute to the summers of our past and to Fire Island. Unforgettable!”
—Carley Fortune, New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After
"With her trademark humor and eloquence, Jane L Rosen transports us to a summer paradise where an unforgettable cast of multi-generational characters sustain each other through every kind of love and loss. On Fire Island is fun and fast paced, but it’s also a beautifully rendered meditation on human connection. Don’t miss this one; it’s perfect."
—Annabel Monaghan, author of Nora Goes Off Script
"It's clear that Jane Rosen poured her heart into writing this novel. The result is a captivating story about love and loss that's as magical and memorable as Fire Island itself."
—John Searles, New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Affair