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Seventeen year old Kate Brewer returns home from boarding school for the summer after falling ill with mononucleosis. Kate is not pleased to have to return to her isolated island home, and finds herself quickly falling into the island rhythm of her old life, dwarfed by her father Marcus Brewer, a famous painter. She adopts a cool reserve to deal with her obvious resentment of her parents.
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When graduate student Ian Jackson arrives to catalogue her father's work, Kate develops a unique friendship with him. The summer unfolds and Kate faces her resentment and anger at her father, as her romantic relationship with much older Ian develops.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Loving/sexing?    -   guy chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Island?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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