The Second Home



The Second HomeA Debut Novel Set On Cape Cod That Centers On A Beloved Family Home And The Summer That Changed The Lives Of Three Siblings Forever, Perfect For Readers Of J Courtney Sullivan And Elin HilderbrandAfter A Disastrous Summer Spent At Her Family S Summer Home On Cape Cod, Seventeen Year Old Ann Gordon Is Left Harboring A Secret That Changes Her Life Forever, And Creates A Rift Between Her Sister, Poppy, And Their Adopted Brother, MichaelNow, Fifteen Years Later, Her Parents Have Died, And Ann And Her Sister Poppy Are Left To Decide The Fate Of The Old Wellfleet Home That S Been In The Gordon Family For Generations While They Both Love The House, They Decide To Sell It And Move Forward But Then Michael Re Enters Their Lives With A Legitimate Claim To A Third Of The Estate He Wants The House But Than That, He Wants To Set The Record Straight About That Long Ago Summer Reunited After Years Apart, These Very Different Siblings Are Forced To Decide If They Can Continue To Be A Family And In The Process, They Ll Discover That The House Might Be The Glue That Holds Them Together

Like the characters in THE SECOND HOME, I spent the summers of my youth on Cape Cod in the rugged and artsy town of South Wellfleet, MA The outermost Cape is a place of steep sand dunes, pristine fresh water kettle ponds, salty air, scrub pine and oak trees It s a place that has stayed with me everywhere I go.My grandparents lived in a simple cove side house that has been in our family since the 1890 s Writing this book has allowed me to imagine how other families spend their time in a place I feel I uniquely adore It has also provided me with the opportunity to think about our fierce attachments to second homes from tiny, bat filled cabins in the woods to grand seaside estates These places we go back to again and again often define us, just as they define our families When families change and the homes are passed down from generation to generation, these memory filled receptacles can stress relationships or bring us closer together.In addition to writing, I teach spin classes the sweating, not the weaving kind and I taught English at Beloit College for almost a decade I ve been writing short stories and essays that have appeared in The New York Times Modern Love column, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, and in literary journals like Glimmer Train Stories, Hobart, Pleiades, The Minnesota Review and on Wisconsin Public Radio I have a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my very tall husband We have two children, Olivia and Tim.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Second Home
  • Christina Clancy
  • 08 October 2019
  • 1250239346

10 thoughts on “The Second Home

  1. Paromjit says:

    Christina Clancy writes a family drama with some very dark elements, featuring the Gordon family from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with parents Ed and Connie, their teen daughters, Ann and Poppy,and their late adopted son, Michael They spend their summers at Cape Cod at a family home and 15 years ago, they experienced a troubling and traumatic summer of raging teen hormones that is to have devastating consequences and repercussions on all of them In the present, the parents have died in a dreadful ca Christina Clancy writes a family drama with some very dark elements, featuring the Gordon family from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with parents Ed and Connie, their teen daughters, Ann and Poppy,and their late adopted son, Michael They spend their summers at Cape Cod at a family home and 15 years ago, they experienced a troubling and traumatic summer of raging teen hormones that is to have devastating consequences and repercussions on all of them In the present, the parents have died in a dreadful car accident, and decisions have to be made about that home Neither Ann or Poppy can afford to keep it on and decide to sell it, only to have a spanner put in the works out of the blue Michael, who has not been in touch for so long, comes back into their lives, making a claim on the estate He wants to keep the house, andthan anything he wants the truth of what actually happened that despairing and distressing summer to come out There are machinations over the will, and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, the question that hangs over the siblings is can they come to terms with what happened sufficiently for them to have a future as family Clancy gives us a gloriously vivid sense of location in her descriptions in this story of teen siblings ill equipped to handle what occurs to them, too naive and trusting I did find her characters a little difficult to invest in, and Ann herself is not the most likeable of people This is a complex, fraught, full of intrigue read of family dynamics, blackmail, abuse, trust, rape, trauma, poor teen decision making and sibling relationships This will appeal to those who enjoy their twisted family dramas set in a fabulous location Many thanks to St Martin s Press for an ARC

  2. Katie B says:

    3.5 starsI m always up for a book that revolves around some long standing family drama This story held my interest but I wouldn t say that I loved any of the characters That s okay though because that s not really a requirement for me to enjoy a book I do wish that lack of communication which was an ongoing theme wouldn t have been so prevalent in the story I think that s part of the reason I became frustrated with just about every character in the book.Ann Gordon is back at the Cape Cod hom 3.5 starsI m always up for a book that revolves around some long standing family drama This story held my interest but I wouldn t say that I loved any of the characters That s okay though because that s not really a requirement for me to enjoy a book I do wish that lack of communication which was an ongoing theme wouldn t have been so prevalent in the story I think that s part of the reason I became frustrated with just about every character in the book.Ann Gordon is back at the Cape Cod home she spent her summers at while she was growing up Her parents have recently died and she has been tasked with selling their summer home as neither she nor her sister, Poppy, can afford to keep it Her adopted brother, Michael, hasn t been in contact with the family in years and when he tries to claim he has rights to the home, it doesn t go over well with Ann You see something pretty major happened about 15 years ago when they were teenagers that caused a huge rift in the family It s not a cliche to say things were never the same after that particular summer on the Cape The story follows Ann, Poppy, and Michael during that fateful summer and the present day when they are reunited Hmm family members that aren t on good terms and now you throw in a disagreement about a house Yes, there is going to be some drama in this story, that s for sure For much of the book I thought Poppy was an unnecessary character to include but by the end I did think she brought something to the table As I mentioned before it was easy to feel frustration when some characters make certain decisions It s like I wanted to reach thru the pages, grab them by the shoulders, shake them, and yell, what are you doing However, despite my varying levels of annoyance with some of the characters, I still felt invested enough to want to see how everything would play out in the end There are two random things I really loved that the author included in the story I was happy to see a couple Polish references, and my guess is if she can name drop Polish Falcons, she must have some Polish blood in her like I do The other thing I liked was at the end of Part One there was a good joke about the parents I gotta tell you it was 100% necessary as it really had been driving me nuts how naive and oblivious the parents were when it came to the kids The joke at least acknowledged this fact which helped ease my frustration.There were a few times the author kinda glossed over something I thought could have been coveredthoroughly While I liked the story, it could have used some polishing up a bit in order to really take it to a higher level I still consider it a good read though If you are interested in reading this one, be prepared, there are some dark moments in the story If you are strictly looking for a lighthearted read, I would look elsewhere Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review

  3. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    My Kind of People, by Lisa Duffy, which I read and loved last month was set in on a fictitious island much like Cape Cod The Second Home took me back to Cape Cod, and I loved it As a teen, Ann spends a traumatic summer in Cape Cod at her family s vacation home It causes a divide in her family between her and her siblings.In the present, her parents have passed away, and fifteen years later, Ann and her sister need to decide what to do with the family s Cape Cod home The sisters decide to sell My Kind of People, by Lisa Duffy, which I read and loved last month was set in on a fictitious island much like Cape Cod The Second Home took me back to Cape Cod, and I loved it As a teen, Ann spends a traumatic summer in Cape Cod at her family s vacation home It causes a divide in her family between her and her siblings.In the present, her parents have passed away, and fifteen years later, Ann and her sister need to decide what to do with the family s Cape Cod home The sisters decide to sell, but their brother reappears wants to keep the home The siblings are forced together at this time, and they have to decide if they are still a family.I ve said it many times I love a sibling story and a family saga The characters here aren t particularly likable, so know that going in if it s important to you Overall, I found it an engaging and thought provoking story.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

  4. Victoria says:

    Melodrama or mellow drama I like my family sagas as tumultuous as the ocean with secrets buried so deep you need a team of divers to reach This saga wasof a wearisome boat ride down a lazy river with maybe a few rapids to keep you awake In other words, this may have been a mismatched reading experience.I was never fully engaged in the characters lives, the prose lacked a certain artistry and the plot was largely dependent on lack of communication and convenience to move the narrative fo Melodrama or mellow drama I like my family sagas as tumultuous as the ocean with secrets buried so deep you need a team of divers to reach This saga wasof a wearisome boat ride down a lazy river with maybe a few rapids to keep you awake In other words, this may have been a mismatched reading experience.I was never fully engaged in the characters lives, the prose lacked a certain artistry and the plot was largely dependent on lack of communication and convenience to move the narrative forward There was an artificiality to the premise that I couldn t quite believe and found frustrating.Clancy s descriptions of Cape Cod, however, did bring to life the experience and nostalgia of well worn, generational summer homes You could almost smell the salt air Her writing is at its best when she s describing this summer enclave, not surprisingly, she spent her summers there in her grandparents cove side house and she brings that sense of place to the atmospheric details of the novel.I didn t love or hate this story, I just didn t find it immersive Thank you to St Martin s Press for the gift of an ARC I wish I had liked this , but rest assured I will pass it along to my local library for an upcoming book sale so it will hopefully find a better reader than me.

  5. Michelle says:

    4.5Review to come

  6. Christine says:

    Initially I had a hard time engaging with this debut novel, but at around 30% or so things started to click for me when the pace kicked up The story is set between 1999 and 2015 with a 2017 epilogue and takes place primarily on Cape Cod I thought the author did a great job transporting the reader to the Cape There are three narrators Ann and Poppy and their adopted brother Michael I would call this a darkish family drama, a genre I have recently discovered I enjoy Relationships can be m Initially I had a hard time engaging with this debut novel, but at around 30% or so things started to click for me when the pace kicked up The story is set between 1999 and 2015 with a 2017 epilogue and takes place primarily on Cape Cod I thought the author did a great job transporting the reader to the Cape There are three narrators Ann and Poppy and their adopted brother Michael I would call this a darkish family drama, a genre I have recently discovered I enjoy Relationships can be messy and this family has messiness in spades There is love, certainly But there is also resentment, disrespect, mistrust, alternative facts, and worst of all lack of communication I don t know if there are really families out there who despite loving each other fail to trust in one another despite the fact that the mistrusted hasn t really done anything to deserve to be doubted In fact, I think that was carried a bit too far in this story, which in addition to the slow start, led me to drop a star.Other than that, I found this richly complex mini saga engrossing and enjoyable True, one of the narrators is not terribly likeable, which is usually a deal buster for me, but somehow that didn t really turn me off this time I think the reason for that is because she has to be that way to make the story work In any event, I liked this one enough to hit the follow button for Ms Clancy, and I will very likely seek out her next book The Second Home is recommended for those who enjoy blacker family dramas Thank you Net Galley, St Martin s Press, and Ms Christina Clancy for gifting me an ARC of this novel Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way

  7. Jonetta says:

    Connie and Ed Gordon bring their family to Cape Cod every summer for vacation It s a rustic cottage in Wellfleet and it s been in Ed s family for generation He s a teacher in Milwaukee and loves to share the island s history with daughters Ann and Poppy, and later Michael, the orphaned teen they adopted It s during their second summer with Michael that things go tragically wrong and life for this family is forever altered It s now 16 years later and Ann has returned to Wellfleet to prepare t Connie and Ed Gordon bring their family to Cape Cod every summer for vacation It s a rustic cottage in Wellfleet and it s been in Ed s family for generation He s a teacher in Milwaukee and loves to share the island s history with daughters Ann and Poppy, and later Michael, the orphaned teen they adopted It s during their second summer with Michael that things go tragically wrong and life for this family is forever altered It s now 16 years later and Ann has returned to Wellfleet to prepare the home for sale following the loss of her parents Thus begins the story of what fractured their family, told in shifiting narratives from Ann, Poppy and Michael s perspectives I d expected to gain a strong sense of place in Cape Cod and was pleasantly surprised to get that also about the family s home in Milwaukee That s important because it provides much needed context for each of the family members before and after Michael s adoption and that last visit to Wellfleet The reaction to that one event permanently shaped the paths that Ann, Michael and Poppy chose as adults I enjoyed getting the three points of view, especially the contrasts of like events shared by them It was often maddening how easily conflicts could have been resolved just through open communication but it was also exemplary of how typical families operate, especially when the parents are no longer there to facilitate However, their ethereal presence on the island was hard to ignore.This was a tough story with immense family themes that had an underlying loveliness despite some of the meanness The effect of tradition and parental influence was skillfully managed in the crafting of Ann, Michael and Poppy They had strong personalities and natures that permeated the story, which was compelling, especially in a debut novel It s atmospheric in both settings, leaving me with a sense of the cultures that defined them, though sometimes it could be overly descriptive, slowing the pace However, it is an interesting story that I had a hard time letting go and loved the unexpected ending 3.5 stars Posted on Blue Mood Caf Thanks to St Martin s Press for my complimentary copy All opinions are my own

  8. Corina says:

    3.5 starsThe Second Home was a great debut novel From the plot, and execution, to the writing this book did not read or feel like a debut novel at all.For the biggest part the story focused on the Gordon family, the parents, two girls and their adopted son, and it mainly was set around their vacation home in Cape Cod.What I loved about the book the most was everyone s love for their summers in Cape Cod With different memories connected to those summers and especially the house that held a 3.5 starsThe Second Home was a great debut novel From the plot, and execution, to the writing this book did not read or feel like a debut novel at all.For the biggest part the story focused on the Gordon family, the parents, two girls and their adopted son, and it mainly was set around their vacation home in Cape Cod.What I loved about the book the most was everyone s love for their summers in Cape Cod With different memories connected to those summers and especially the house that held a kind of magic over them all It always came back to the house The feel of belonging Of family It was a time where everyone was the happiest.At its core, this book was a family drama The dynamics, underlying hopes, dreams and doubts And the one event that changed it all.For me, I enjoyed all of the Gordon family characters, they were relatable, likable, different in their dreams, and personality And when that one event ripped them all apart, coming back together was harder than thought Missed opportunities, and wrong decisions, were partially to blame.In the end it all felt very authentic Something that could happen to any family And because of it, it felt utterly real, heartbreaking, and emotional.The ending wasn t as satisfying as the beginning I needed , a longer conclusion, somethingto restore them all It felt rushed, not finished, and the characters barely had time to heal I neededthan just implications.But overall, I really enjoyed the prose, and the author s writing style I had no trouble staying up until midnight finishing this book Two days, that s all it took me to read this compelling and emotional debut novel Not bad for a giveaway win Goodreads Giveaway ARC

  9. DeAnn says:

    Happy pub day to Christina Clancy, this makes a great beach or backyard read 3.75 Cape Cod StarsThe setting alone was cause for me to pick this book up I ve always been fascinated by Cape Cod and have enjoyed the limited amount of time that I ve spent there This debut novel focuses on one Midwest family who spends summers in an old house on the Cape Events in one particular summer cause the family to splinter and years go by before anything is worked out.Ann and her sister Poppy were close Happy pub day to Christina Clancy, this makes a great beach or backyard read 3.75 Cape Cod StarsThe setting alone was cause for me to pick this book up I ve always been fascinated by Cape Cod and have enjoyed the limited amount of time that I ve spent there This debut novel focuses on one Midwest family who spends summers in an old house on the Cape Events in one particular summer cause the family to splinter and years go by before anything is worked out.Ann and her sister Poppy were close growing up, but Poppy learns to surf that fateful summer and later travels the world looking for the next big wave and her identity Ann puts her plans to go to college on hold and their adopted brother Michael has disappeared.Fifteen years later with the death of their parents, Ann, Poppy, and Michael must resolve the future of the Cape Cod second home and try to reconcile their fractured relationships Will the secrets stay buried or has time healed some of the wounds I enjoyed this one and I think this author holds a lot of promise There were a few times where I yelled at the characters to talk to each other There were a few times when I had to suspend belief around legal matters, but it s fiction, right This would make for a great summer read.Thank you to NetGalley, Christina Clancy, and St Martin s Press for an early copy of this one to read and review

  10. Bridgett says:

    I walked past a house where I lived once a man and a woman are still together in the whispers there Yehuda Amichai I ve always loved novels which take place along the water in New Englandparticularly the islands like Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard This book might be the exception While the plot was decent, the inconsistencies within the story bothered me The dialogue, along with the character s reactions to major life issues, were also completely off the wall view spoiler 1 An I walked past a house where I lived once a man and a woman are still together in the whispers there Yehuda Amichai I ve always loved novels which take place along the water in New Englandparticularly the islands like Nantucket and Martha s Vineyard This book might be the exception While the plot was decent, the inconsistencies within the story bothered me The dialogue, along with the character s reactions to major life issues, were also completely off the wall view spoiler 1 Ann was raped When she finally told her family, they re like, Oh, that sucks Too bad for you Her dad even sent a letter to her rapist, not so much to berate him, but to ask for his help finding his adopted son, Michael I mean, WTF 2 Ann was a lying bitchshe lied about everything Yet Michael still somehow loved her, even standing around sniffing her bra Again, WTF 3 Why did Ann and Michael not even once question what Anthony was telling them They knew he was a rapist blackmailer, but they trusted what he said for almost 2 decades and never once thought, Hey, why should I believe this ass hat 4 The whole will estate executor scenario was just so far fetched Honestly, I m not even going to comment any about it You ll see what I mean if you read this.5 How was Michael not sent to a foster family following the death of his mother hide spoiler I do feel Christina Clancy captured both Cape Cod and Milwaukee beautifully The atmosphere and settings were definitely the highlight of this novel Overall, The Second Home pushes the boundaries of plausibility so far which seems like it would be hard to manage in a family drama , it s hard to take it seriously Triggers Rape2.5 bra sniffing starsMy sincere appreciation to the publisher for my review copy.

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