“A beautiful story of love and redemption”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
In The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, Pam Jenoff has deftly created an emotional rite-of-passage tale about a young girl fleeing fascist Italy and finding a new home, family, and love in the U.S. On her travel to adulthood, protagonist Adelia Monteforte runs to Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, Washington, D.C., and war-torn London. Is she running towards her new life or away from the nightmares of her past? And when will she stop running?
Jenoff peoples The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach with believable characters who have realistic relationships and problems. Family dynamics are evocatively portrayed via the Connally family, whose four boys display sibling rivalries so often found in large families.