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Invincible Summer

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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 existences--she 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 11, 2016 – Adams's fun and memorable debut is a tale of the friendship of four British college chums. Working-class Eva falls in with a magnetic pair of siblings, rakish Lucien and artistic Sylvie. Sylvie's trajectory to success (according to the group) seemed "inevitable" due to "a certain shine, a vividness about her... causing people to cluster around her." And finally there is Benedict: wealthy, humble, and a talented student of physics. Upon graduation in 1997, Eva, Sylvie, and Lucien head to London, where Eva has secured a traineeship at an investment bank, while Benedict stays behind in Bristol for a Ph.D. That summer, just prior to Eva starting her adult life, Benedict invites Eva to his family's vacation home in Greece and almost manages to make a move on her, wondering, "Did she genuinely not know how beautiful she was?" From there, the story follows the group chronologically through the years as they make choices that bring them by turns closer to and further from each other and from the dreams they'd had as students. Adams's characters have many ups and downs, disappointments and adjustments, but they are believable due to her understated exposition of the characters' psychologies. The reader will stick with the book, not from a real sense of jeopardy about how things will turn out, but because the characters are such good company.

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Invincible Summer

I found the story heart warming, enticing and thought provoking. It spirited me to think about my own life experiences. How in my youth life was all about me and as I aged life became more about family and friends. The author has wonderfully taken the reader through the joys n challenges of living. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will recommend to others.

Invincible Summer
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 28, 2016
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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