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The Fifth of July

A Novel

Published: August 2017
SKU: 9781492651796

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"With prose that positively vibrates and characters who defy expectation, Kelly Simmons brings us straight to Nantucket, into the bright, beating heart of this one-of-a-kind family, and never lets us go."—New York Times bestseller Kate Moretti, author of The Vanishing Year and Blackbird Season

The last word in families is lies...

Any one of the perfect Warner family could have been behind the accident. Each of them had a problem that threatened to tarnish more than their old-money silver.

Having spent the past three decades' worth of summers on Nantucket, the Warners are as much a part of the island as the crust of salt on the ferry. But this year is different: Tripp is no longer the father he was, and it becomes clear that nothing—not the beams that hold the house together, and not the values the family clings to—can survive the ravages of time.

When their Nantucket summer tradition turns to tragedy, the creaky old house swirls with suspicion. Even in a perfect family, there are just so many reasons to want someone gone. With no easy answers as to how, why, or who, the Warners must face another frightening question: do they really want to know the truth?

A tense family portrait of secrets, lies, and inevitable change, The Fifth of July will ensnare any book club fond of beautiful beaches and ugly drama.

Also by Kelly Simmons:
Where She Went
One More Day

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  • Case Count: 36
"Simmons's (One More Day) cleverly dark family whodunit, narrated from multiple points of view, is just the perfect read for a day at the beach. The wonderful, salty Nantucket atmosphere and a cast of entertainingly questionable characters populate a fast-moving and spare plot." — Library Journal
"A light read as comfortable as a worn-in couch at a beach cottage." — Booklist
"...artfully weaves tension and intrigue through the beautiful setting of Nantucket on the first week in July in her novel..." — HuffPost
"Simmons brilliantly draws readers into the family's pervasive cloud of suspicion and distrust, contrasting the picturesque idyllic innocence of Nantucket summers with the storms of adulthood. " — Shelf Awareness
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