Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.
But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.
Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.
Review by Meg Munson
This is another amazing story by Allison Winn Scotch. She takes the reader into the lives of 6 students at Penn who became entwined with each other after a fateful night their freshman year. That night was the beginning of what they all thought to be an enduring friendship. This story takes you through their perfect friendship during college to the struggles of leaving each other and college, trying to find their path in the world. It proved not be be an easy road, each character harboring secrets, grudges, middle-age, life crisis, empty reality, and finding your identity. This is a great read you don’t want to miss this summer.
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About the author:
Allison spent her childhood in Charlottesville, Virginia and then later in Seattle. Her mother was a teacher who encouraged her to read. She would even send vocabulary words to her when she was at summer camp.
While working as a freelance magazine writer, she began writing stories. In Twenty Years is her sixth novel.
She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. When she’s not in front of a computer, she enjoys hiking, running, yoga, reading and spending time with family.
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