Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey.
Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of the new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and keen to shrug off the socialist politics of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who's pined for Eva for years, embarks on a physics PhD, and siblings Sylvie and Lucien pursue more freewheeling existencesshe as an aspiring artist and he as a professional partier. But as their dizzying twenties evaporate into their thirties, the once close-knit friends, now scattered and struggling to navigate thwarted dreams, lost jobs, and broken hearts, find themselves drawn together once again in stunning and unexpected ways. A dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood, INVINCIBLE SUMMER is a story about finding the courage to carry on in the wake of disappointment and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world.
Alice Adams is half Australian but has lived in England for most of her life, growing up in a house without a TV and as a result becoming a voracious reader. Career-wise, she's done everything from waitressing to investment banking, and in addition to a BA in philosophy, she has a multitude of geeky math, finance, and computer qualifications. She lives in North London but escapes into the wilderness as often as possible. Invincible Summer is her first novel and she's hard at work on a second.
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More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, the story of four friends growing up, being close, growing away, coming back together and just sharing their lives together. I really liked the characters as well. They were friends, but they sometimes forgot how to be that, but they were always open with each other and told each other how they felt. It may take a few years, but they did it.
It was a story of ups and downs, wins and losses, mistakes and rewards and I was thoroughly entertained by it. I was doing a lot of rooting for a few of them at the end. It seemed they just couldn't get things right.
You will laugh and cry, but it will definitely be one book you don't want to miss.
Thanks to the Luttle, Brown Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
More than 1 year ago
Excellent summer read! Very well written and kept the pages turning.