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There's more than a tip of the hat to F. Scott Fitzgerald in this wonderfully wrought tale of glamour, privilege, boredom, resentments and martinis set in Martha's Vineyard, post WWII. Cousins Nick (this time a woman) and Helene, both lovely in very different ways, are devoted. They live together while waiting for Nick's husband to return from war, and Helene's plans to remarry and move to Hollywood. Their lives couldn't be different--Nick lounging around the kitchen in her swimsuit, simmering from the repression of her affluent, housewifely life while Helene floats through her odd existence in an opium cloud. Their children Daisy and Ed discover a dead body in the beach house and the secrets begin to wash to shore.

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