I was thrilled to see a novel written about one of my old summer stomping grounds. And then to find out it’s written by a former writing workshop friend from the Southampton Writer’s Conference, I was beside myself. Written by debut author, Nicole Harrison, MONTAUK (St.MartinsPress) is a gem. It’s an ode to a very special locale and place in time.
It’s 1938 when Beatrice Bordeaux, raised middle class, marries into the wealthy Bordeaux family and her life completely changes. She divides her time between Manhattan and Long Island, spending all summer in the small but growing town of Montauk, located at the very tip of Long Island. Beatrice finds herself not fitting in. She hasn’t been able to become a mom, and her background is very different from the other ladies who summer in the isolated town.
Beatrice spends her first summer in Montauk on a journey of self-realization. While trying to discover the true essence of who she is, she’ll put herself at odds with her husband and his family.
Nicole’s novel is a luscious cinematic reading experience. As MONTAUK slowly unfolds sharing the beauty of the east end of Long Island; the gorgeous landscape, the famous lighthouse and the smell of the powerful Atlantic ocean. In additon to the beauty, there’s an ugliness between the locales and city people that cannot be ignored. It feels a bit Downton Abbey, but it’s rooted in the American folklore of the time.
Originally from Hampshire, England, Nicola Harrison moved to California when she was 14. She studied Literature at UCLA and received an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook University. She is a member of The Writers Room and has short stories published in The Southampton Review and Glimmer Train as well as articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. She was the fashion and style staff writer for Forbes and had a weekly column at Lucky Magazine. Nicola is also the founder of a personal styling business, Harrison Style. She has spent many summers in Montauk and currently lives in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. This is her first novel.
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