The Summer Guest

The Summer Guest

A Novel

Book - 2016
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To keep herself occupied after recently losing her sight, Zinaida begins a diary in the summer of 1888. When a family rents a guesthouse on her family's estate, Zinaida meets and befriends Anton, the middle son, who is a doctor and a writer. As the summer progresses, Zinaida's diary becomes an intimate, intropective narrative of her singular relationship with Anton. More than a century later, Katya Kendall discovers Zinaida's diary, and in a last attempt to save her publishing business, she hires Ana to translate the diary. They soon realize that Zinaida's Anton is actually Anton Chekhov, the author and playwright, and that the diary points to the possibility that Chekhov used that summer to write a novel. As Katya and Ana delve deeper, they reflect on the events and forces which have steered them to where they are, and they discover that the manuscript is not the only mystery the diary holds. -- adapted from publisher website and Kirkus reviews.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062423368
0062423363
9780062423382
006242338X
Branch Call Number: FICTION And
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm

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haileyj
Nov 13, 2016

I enjoyed this novel even though it seems to be written in the style of a Russian translation. Whether this was the intent of the author or not it gives the story an air of authenticity and by the end you might wonder whether Chehkov really did write a novel.

multcolib_susannel Sep 06, 2016

What if Anton Chehkov wrote a novel and what if the only clue to it was contained in a newly discovered diary just waiting to be translated?

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