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The Last Summer of Ada Bloom

(2018)
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A big-hearted story of a family filled with secrets, and the ways they grow up—and apart—over the course of a single, life-altering summer.

In a small country town during one long, hot summer, the Bloom family is beginning to unravel. Martha is straining against the confines of her life, lost in regret for what might have been, when an old flame shows up. In turn, her husband Mike becomes frustrated with his increasingly distant wife. Marital secrets, new and long-hidden, start to surface—with devastating effect. And while teenagers Tilly and Ben are about to step out into the world, nine-year-old Ada is holding onto a childhood that might soon be lost to her.

When Ada discovers an abandoned well beneath a rusting windmill, she is drawn to its darkness and danger. And when she witnesses a shocking and confusing event, the well’s foreboding looms large in her mind—a driving force, pushing the family to the brink of tragedy. For each family member, it’s a summer of searching—in books and trees, at parties, in relationships new and old—for the answer to one of life’s most difficult questions: how to grow up?

The Last Summer of Ada Bloom is an honest and tender accounting of what it means to come of age as a teen, or as an adult. With a keen eye for summer’s languor and danger, and a sharp ear for the wonder, doubt, and longing in each of her characters’ voices, Martine Murray has written a beguiling story about the fragility of family relationships, about the secrets we keep, the power they hold to shape our lives, and about the power of love to somehow hold it all together.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I felt this wonderful story as much as read it." - Susan Crandall

"The Bloom family will absolutely have your heart. Ada Bloom is a sweet, precocious girl traversing that strange territory on the edge of childhood. Her sister Tilly and brother Ben are testing the waters of adulthood, each in their own way. Their parents, Martha and Mark, are both tempted by people in their lives, old and new, in disastrous ways. Readers will be spellbound by this honest and tender accounting of each Bloom family member, told in a chorus of voices, revealing a intimate and flawed family portrait that leaves you feeling connected to everyone around you. Martine Murray's stunning debut is a true delight." - Julia Fierro

"In this story of a young Australian family whose concealed deceptions are driving them apart, Murray writes with sensual tenderness about the buried yearnings that threaten and sustain our most cherished relationships, as well as our perverse human tendency to constantly test their strength." - Courtney Maum


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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
ISBN: 1-947793-61-6 / 978-1-947793-61-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tin House Books
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Audio Editions

July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
ISBN: 1-09-413317-5 / 978-1-09-413317-1
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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July 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
ISBN: 1-09-413318-3 / 978-1-09-413318-8
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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April 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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January 2019 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
ISBN: 1-4894-8205-9 / 978-1-4894-8205-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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January 2019 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
ISBN: 1-4894-8204-0 / 978-1-4894-8204-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
Publisher: Tin House Books
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September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Summer of Ada Bloom
Author(s): Martine Murray
Publisher: Text Publishing
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