"Siddons mixes in a touch of the supernatural to bring the novel to an exciting climax, but what's most appealing here is the layered family drama and the lush world Thayer inhabits…A master storyteller with a remarkable track record, bestselling Siddons returns to her signature Southern setting in her newest blend of emotional realism and a sliver of magic." Booklist on Burnt Mountain
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"Siddons is at her usual incisive best at skewering the mores of socially pretentious Southerners, and her prose is limpid and mesmerizing." Kirkus on Burnt Mountain
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"Anne Rivers Siddons's body of work is one of the most impressive in contemporary fiction. Now, in her beautifully crafted and dazzling new novel Off Season, Ms. Siddons delivers the goods more powerfully than ever. All her books are terrific, but this one is the best yet." Pat Conroy
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"I've always enjoyed Anne Rivers Siddons's books, but this is her best, maybe the book she was born to write. It's a double love story, narrated by a woman who has loved both early and late. The story of Lilly and Jon is one of the best stories of adolescent love—its fierceness and sweetness—that I've ever read. There's also a beautifully drawn picture of Maine dressed in her summer finery…and a few ghosts. Summer is maybe the best time to read this book; if you've ever vacationed on the Maine coast (or ever wanted to), this book isn't just the next best thing, it's the real thing. Bravura storytelling."Stephen King
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"Fresh…No one does coastal melodrama like veteran Siddons." Publishers Weekly
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"Siddons is a fine teller of tales." Washington Post Book World
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BURNT MOUNTAIN by Anne River Siddons
Photo credit: Jack Alterman

Burnt Mountain

From one of our most acclaimed writers comes this dramatic tale of a well-born Southern woman whose life is forever changed by the betrayal of her mother and by the man she loves.

Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp—Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love…and first heartbreak. Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta, only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets-about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.