The Summer of Katya
Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc.
Book Club Edition
The time is that golden summer of 1914, a summer remembered for its glorious sunny days that seemed to roll endlessly forward until the guns of August changed the world forever. The place is the small French Basque village of Salies.
Jean-Marc Montjean, recently graduated from medical school, comes to Salies as assistant to the village physician. His first case begins in an unexpected way. One afternoon, as he sits daydreaming under a tree in the park by the river, a beautiful girl walks toward him and demands that Jean-Marc come to her home outside the village to attend her twin brother, Paul.
Paul Treville's broken arm is quickly set, but Jean-Marc's involvement with the Treville family -- Katya, Paul, and their father -- has just begun. Jean-Marc is invited to dinner and to other dinners and outings. He falls deeply in love with Katya and tries to court her even though he soon becomes aware that the Trevilles are haunted by a secret in their past.
Jean-Marc is warned by Katya's brother that she is delicate and that he should curb his attentions. But Jean-Marc is young, hopeful, and in love. And, besides, he is certain that Katya returns his affections. When Jean-Marc learns that the Trevilles are planning to leave the village forever, he insists on a final meeting with Katya. That meeting and the events that follow it turn what was an idyllic romance into an unending nightmare. Katya's secret is revealed in a chilling climax that stays with the reader long after the final page of her story is turned.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages are tanned and darkening from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and flaps are tanned from age. Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.
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