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Life’s a Beach:
A Novel

By Claire Cook

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ISBN 10: 1401340784
ISBN 13: 2147483647

By the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs, the story of two grown-up sisters who fight like cats and dogs — but call each other at least twice a day

When Must Love Dogs was published, the Chicago Tribune called it “pitch-perfect” and the Washington Post declared, “Readers will hope that Claire Cook will be telling breezy summer stories from the South Shore of Massachusetts for seasons to come.” Luckily for her legions of fans, Cook returns with another sparkling romantic comedy that’s reminiscent of Must Love Dogs in all the right ways, but very much its own animal — about a relationship-challenged single woman, her quirky-to-put-it-mildly extended family, and the summer the shark movie came to town.

Life’s a bit of a beach these days for Ginger Walsh, who’s single at forty-one and living back home in the family FROG (Finished Room Over Garage). She’s hoping for a more fulfilling life as a sea glass artist, but instead is babysitting her sister’s kids and sharing overnights with Noah, her sexy artist boyfriend with commitment issues and a dog Ginger’s cat isn’t too crazy about. Geri, her BlackBerry-obsessed sister, is also nearly over the deep end about her pending fiftieth birthday (and might just drag Ginger with her). Toss in a dumpster-picking father, a Kama Sutra T-shirt-wearing mother, a movie crew come to town with a very cute gaffer, an on-again-off-again glassblower boyfriend, plus a couple of Red Hat realtors, and hilarity ensues. The perfect summer read, Life’s a Beach is a warm, witty, and wise look at what it takes to move forward at any stage in life.


“Dive into this gleefully quirky coming-of-age story centered on . . . a 41-year-old. With the help of her hippie parents, Boyfriend the cat, and a shark-crazy movie crew, Ginger Walsh is finally growing up — and there’s no escaping a few growing pains.” —Redbook

“Laugh out loud” —Good Housekeeping

“Midlife love, laughter, sibling rivalry and self-discovery . . . Goes down as easy as it sounds.” —People

“In this lighthearted, breezy read, Cook displays a wry sense of humor and knows how to write realistic characters.” —Library Journal

Claire Cook’s wit and unflaggng heart . . .” —Publishers Weekly

“. . . funny page turner . . .” —Ft. Worth Star Telegram

“Humorous, light, and at times touching. Cook once again hits the mark.” –Fresh Fiction

“a book brimming with wit and heart.” —Cape Cod Times

“[A] perfect-for-the-beach summer novel . . . Life’s a Beach is a bumpy delight.” —Boston Common

“Just finished Claire Cook’s latest novel scheduled for publication in summer 2007 by Hyperion. Once again, Claire has created a quirky, warm, witty pair of sisters who don’t always agree but are always there for each other. Add in two bickering parents, three rambunctious children, and a cat named Boyfriend and the scene is set for a rollicking good time. A Hollywood film crew, fake shark and all, will make this Cape Cod tale a guaranteed hot summertime read. Grab your towel, beach bag, and Claire Cook’s latest novel before you head to the shore and remember — Life’s a Beach!” –Dawn C. Donovan, Armchair Bookstore

“Claire Cook’s smart, delightful new book made me laugh on the first page and on every single page all the way through — even when it also made me cry. True, tender, insightful, and hilarious — I loved it.” –Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Suburbanistas

“Claire Cook has given us a heroine you?ll cheer for and a book you won?t be able to put down. I loved it.” –Karen Quinn, author of The Ivy Chronicles

“I picked up a bound copy of Claire Cook?s Life?s a Beach at NEIBA and wanted to be the first to recommend it for a Booksense pick for June 2007. The timing of the release and the subject matter will make this book a beach “must read”. I really found myself escaping to the Cape. I feel like I became part of the family dynamics and fell in love with precocious Riley. The characters (both the wonderful and the exasperating) are fabulous and I hated for the book to end. Get out the lemonade and beach chair and enjoy!” –Sharon Duran, Edgartown Books

Life’s a Beach is filled with hilarity, sister love and sister hate, juicy arguments and hard-won reconciliations, but most of all, heart.” –Adriana Trigiani, author of Return to Big Stone Gap

“If I had a sister, I’d want her to be Claire Cook. And if I could follow up the wry, wacky poignancy of Must Love Dogs with any book, it would be Life’s a Beach. Claire Cook is wicked good!” –Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“I devoured this slice of family life served up in Claire Cook’s inimitable warm and witty style. Tender, touching, and terribly, terribly funny!” –Mary Kay Andrews, author of Savannah Breeze


Life’s a bit of a beach these days for Ginger Walsh, who finds herself single at 41 and back home living in the family FROG (finished room over the garage) in the fictional town of Marshbury. She’s spent a few too many years in sales, and is hoping for a

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