An intergenerational saga of scandal and secrets, crumbling fortunes and ruined reputations.
Put on your grandma's Chanel and brace yourself for this one.
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Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she’s lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It’s been 12 years since Lorrie’s mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.
When Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie, her shame for her family and lifestyle runs deep. But what she doesn’t know is that Charlie’s family is hiding something, too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. Now Lorrie must confront the truth about her family—and everything she ever thought she knew about herself.
“With powerful messages of family and self-reliance, Sheinmel’s coming-of-age tale captivates with its masterful storytelling style and intricate detail.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Riveting and heartbreaking." —Kirkus Reviews
“Textured, rich, and evocative. Courtney Sheinmel’s Edgewater is a profound story of belonging and pretending, and of the ways that the past and present become mysteriously, and sometimes dangerously, intertwined.”
—Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Delirium and Before I
“A terrific read—smart, sexy, and shockingly scandalous. Sheinmel is at her absolute best.”
—Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)
“Edgewater is absolutely extraordinary. Teen readers will know Lorrie because they will know her pride, her frustration, and her heart-wrenching need to make right all that is so wrong and broken. Lorrie's house; the neglect, the squalor, and most especially the disturbing wildcard presence of Aunt Gigi, all serve to convey an atmosphere of shame that is so immediate and resonate, and so masterfully told, you will not be able to put the book down.”
—Adele Griffin, two-time National Book Award Finalist
“A deliciously decadent story of glamour, family secrets, and the twisted legacy of a tortured past. In other words, everything I’ve ever wanted, all in one book.”
—Robin Wasserman, author of The Waking Dark
Courtney Sheinmel is the author of My So-Called Family, Positively,Sincerely, All the Things You Are, and the Stella Batts series for young readers. Her books have received many awards and appeared on numerous recommended lists. She lives in New York City.