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The Summer Cottage

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Kensington, May 26, 2015

Helen Street spent every summer of her childhood at her family’s cedar-shake cottage on Long Island Sound. The youngest of four, she had her mother Claire’s athletic genes and relished the orchestrated games and competitions that filled those endless days. Unlike her older siblings – fiery Charlotte, ambitious Thomas, and middle-child Pammy – Helen rarely felt the pressure of her mother’s high expectations.

Thirty years later, Helen’s brother and sisters are scattered, and she is the sole caregiver for Claire, now terminally ill. Knowing her death is imminent, Claire has put Helen in the awkward position of telling the others that their mother plans on leaving everything, including the cottage, to Helen when she dies – unless everyone comes to the shore for a long weekend over the Fourth of July. During this time together, the siblings revisit buried memories that both re-ignite their resentment and kindle their kinship, helping them to discover the power of family.

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