I would label this book a good “beach read.” It is a story of a family that has summered every year at their grandparents’ home in Nantucket. The parents and four siblings each bring their own tales to this novel. Because it takes place during the summer of 1969, the author touches on many topics related to that time. She brings up segregation and integration; abortion; the space walk; and anti-Semitism. These were all prominent issues of the period. The problem was that they were just touched on and not really developed. That being said, it was a pleasant and quick read.