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Montauk

(2019)
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An epic and cinematic novel by debut author Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City's wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she'll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor - a two-hundred room seaside hotel - while Harry pursues other interests in the city.

College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor's laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk's natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband - stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart...

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"As seductive as Downton Abbey, with the glamour of Gatsby and the soul of Virginia Woolf, Montauk is a spectacular debut." - Jennifer Belle

"Glittering galas, lavish living, and the spoils of hedonism crash against the lush, wild, primitive beauty of an Atlantic Coastal fishing village, creating a perfect storm. Caught between the two worlds, one woman must discover who she truly is, even if it means losing everything in the process. Montauk is a stunning debut by a gifted storyteller." - Erika Robuck

"You don't have to go to Montauk to enjoy the beach. In this lovely debut novel, Nicola Harrison brings the beach to you, along with its people, its mores, and its contradictions. I so enjoyed Montauk, and I look forward to many more novels by Nicola Harrison." - Lisa See

"Slip this engaging love affair into your beach bag and prepare to get lost in this glittering tale of love, betrayal and social climbing in a newly fashionable 1930s seaside village." - Helen Simonson

"Nicola Harrison offers a rich and decadent peek into the glamorous--and not so glamorous--lives of pre-war Manhattan society. Beautifully written with an expert eye for historical detail, Montauk is both love story and social commentary, but at its heart it's the thought-provoking story of a woman with the courage to find her voice and inner strength. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, Montauk is a lovely book, meant to be savored." - Karen White


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Hardback Editions

January 2020 : USA Library Binding

Title: Montauk (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction)
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
ISBN: 1-4328-7210-9 / 978-1-4328-7210-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Montauk: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
ISBN: 1-250-20011-3 / 978-1-250-20011-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Montauk: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
ISBN: 1-250-30178-5 / 978-1-250-30178-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Audio Editions

June 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Montauk
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
ISBN: 1-250-22147-1 / 978-1-250-22147-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Montauk: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
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Title: Montauk: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Title: Montauk: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
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Title: Montauk: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
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Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Montauk: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Harrison
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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