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Every Now and Then: A Novel (Paperback)
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For fans of Where the Crawdads Sing and This Tender Land comes a heartfelt story about three young girls searching for adventure during the summer of 1960 from the New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark.
That summer would change us . . . forever.
The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to be swum in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb's Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town--and took their young lives as they'd known them as a souvenir.
With a to-do list in hand, the girls set forth from their hideout to make their mark on that summer, but when three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution, their idyllic lives take a sinister turn. Determined to uncover long-held secrets, the girls have no idea that what they discover could cost them their lives and the ones they hold dear.
Six decades later, Biz, now a bestselling novelist, remembers that long ago summer and how it still haunts her and her lifelong friends in Every Now and Then, a story about the ties that bind us, the timelessness of grief and guilt--and the everlasting hope for redemption.
About the Author
Lesley Kagen is a multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of nine previous novels, an actress, voice-over-talent, sought-after speaker, child advocate, student storyteller, and writing instructor. The mother of two and grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred and fifty year old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin.
Praise for Every Now and Then:
“Kagen skillfully spins a nostalgic tale...This fast-paced and suspenseful outing will captivate Kagen’s fans and do much to win her new ones.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Kagen thoughtfully captures the spirit of '60s small-town America, showing both the idyllic, rosy past that inspires nostalgia and its troubling underbelly."
“A quick and easy read about friendship, family, and community. I recommend this for anyone looking for a heartwarming coming-of-age story with lovable, endearing characters.”
—The Girly Book Club
“Every Now and Then hits it out of the park with Kagen's trademark folksy vernacular, larger-than-life escapades...and characters who mix the innocence of their age with a certain grown up wisdom...Every Now and Then is for everyone who loves a good story.”
—Jill Miner, owner of Saturn Booksellers
"Using true-to-life regional language, Kagen offers us a delightful, entertaining book with very serious undertones...I certainly recommend this book!”
—Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault
“A complete winner. It reminded me of the best parts of To Kill A Mockingbird, and the wonderful friendship displayed by Kate DiCamillo’s three amigos in the Raymie Nightingale trilogy. Filled with all the charm of a 1960's small town, Every Now and Then also tackles issues of racism, homophobia, and gender that are topical today. Biz, Frankie, and Viv are sure to steal any reader's heart.”
—Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
"Filled with secrets, lies, and all the truth of what is to be human, especially in a small town, Every Now and Then is a story every heart will embrace.”
—William Kent Krueger, New York Times Bestselling Author of Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land
“With a grace reminiscent of Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides, Lesley Kagen paints a tragic and evocative of a childhood summer disrupted by tragedy in 1960s Wisconsin...Both a memorable coming of age tale and suspenseful page-turner. Longtime and new fans of Kagen will delight!”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris
“Lesley Kagen’s Every Now and Then ticks all the best boxes...This novel is delightful and the perfect summer read.”
—Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is
“[A] richly imagined coming-of-age adventure.”
—Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
"A rollicking good read!”
—Ellen Marie Wiseman, bestselling author of What She Left Behind and The Orphan Collector
“A poignant, beautifully told story...This novel is delightful and unputdownable - I can’t recommend it enough!"
—Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Beantown Girls