From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake that changed a family forever.
Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family's crumbling mansion in small-town Ohio, mourning the loss of her grandmother, June. But the noise of the rusted doorbell forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary movie star Jack Montgomery's fortune.
Soon Jack's famous daughters arrive, entourage in tow, determined to wrestle Cassie away from an inheritance they feel is theirs. Together, they come to discover the true reason for June's silence about the summer she was eighteen, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack's lives were forever altered. Shifting deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.
Paperback reprint March 2017, published in hardcover May 2016
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Some of the recent comments posted about June:
Did June do the right thing by taking Diane's deal?
Ditto re: several others above. I think, given the times and her situation, she felt it was her only option. She did what she had to do at that particular moment in time. - diwolter
Do you think Jack and June were truly in love?
I think Jack probably had different girls in different times. I wondered about his age and actually how much older he was than June. June was unsure of her pending marriage to Artie and I assumed that he too was older. She was caught up in the ... - Peggy H
Do you, like Lindie, recognize any mannerisms being passed down through the generations in your own family?
Yes. One of my sons has never really known his biological father but he has a lot of his mannerisms. The way he smiles, his voice, bring back memories of his father. I'm amazed by the power of genetics! - karenrn
How did you respond to Cassie's photography exhibition about her parent's car crash? Do you agree with June that some things are too personal to share?
I think artists often use their memories even the bad ones in their art. It is hard to understand sharing something like that unless you are a artist. It was probably something Cassie needed to do but she should have warned June. - karenrn
How did you respond to Hank's character, before and after her betrayal?
Did she want Tate's love? Was she afraid that Tate was becoming too attached to Cassie, who might replace her? - Peggy H
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"A crumbling family home, a shockingly large inheritance, a small-town mystery, and a high-wattage Hollywood star: June is atmospheric, ambitious, and filled with enough intrigue, betrayal, passion, and heartbreak to keep you reading all the way to the explosively satisfying end." - Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
"A delicious and delightful tale about what happens when small-town secrets and family bonds collide with the intrigue and romance of Hollywood. Beverly-Whittemore draws a rich and detailed portrait of two parallel summers that will draw you in from the beginning and keep you guessing until the end." - J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Commencement
"At turns lush and tender, harrowing and poignant, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's June is historical fiction at its most masterful, and a love story rich in complication and heartbreak." - Megan Abbott, award-winning author of Dare Me and The Fever
"When Miranda Beverly-Whittemore crosses small-town Ohio with Hollywood glamour, both come alive, breaking stereotypes and zooming in on their flawed, complicated denizens. Brilliantly weaving past and present, JUNE is elegant and suspenseful, but refreshingly raw and intimate. Read it! From page one you'll find yourself in the hands of a master storyteller." - Hilary Liftin, New York Times bestselling author of Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper
"A perfectly paced, compelling story of love, lust, and family secrets, June draws you into its gentle embrace, expertly waltzes you between present and past, mesmerizing until the very last page." - Amy Hatvany, author of Somewhere Out There
"Hollywood meets small-town Ohio in 1955, starting reverberations that last for generations Beverly-Whittemore has fashioned an appealing story of romance and suspense with a focus on love and legacy." - Booklist
"Love between a small-town girl and one of Hollywood's leading men leads to murder, blackmail, and secrets. Beverly-Whittemore returns with another charming page-turner, this time marrying old Hollywood elegance to Midwestern practicality A lightly gothic tale of hearts broken and mended in small-town America." - Kirkus
"Beverly-Whittemore offers up two interconnected tales of family secrets, 60 summers apart the dual narratives are enjoyable both singly and in tandem as the novel explores the changing possibilities for women, the evolution of the Hollywood fame machine, and love's potential for genuine human transformation." - Publishers Weekly
"The past is not all glossy nostalgia; Beverly-Whittemore illuminates the conflicts roiling under a smooth, socially acceptable surface Fans of Hollywood, then and now, will find this dramatic story line appealing." - Library Journal
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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the author of three other novels: New York Times bestseller Bittersweet; Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, given annually for the best book of fiction by an American woman; and The Effects of Light. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.
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