The Prince of Nantucket
Barnes & Noble
Published by: Broadway Books
Release Date: April 29, 2008
In the midst of a heated Senate campaign, charismatic candidate, Teddy Mathison, is confronted by his sister who threatens to go to the press if he does not immediately spell her for two weeks from her year-long caring for their Alzheimers-afflicted mother, a renowned artist from whom he has long been estranged. Forced back to his family’s summer home in Nantucket, Teddy’s visit is complicated by his having to take along the troubled teenage daughter from his failed marriage with whom he cannot seem to connect. He is further set on edge when an attractive and irrepressible photographer to whom he is drawn causes him to question whether he ever understood anything about women. Pained at the transformation of his once-proud and talented mother struggling to finish her final masterpiece, rocked with the possibility of losing his daughter forever, driven to win the affection of a woman unlike any other he has ever met, Teddy will uncover a shocking family secret that will alter everything of which he has been certain. And in facing a shattering request, he will confront his deepest fears—and the truest meaning of love.Add on Goodreads
*An LA Times bestseller
“Goldstein unabashedly, effectively yanks readers' heartstrings. If you think you won't cry a little, you're wrong.”
“National list-TOP BOOK!”
“I just finished THE PRINCE OF NANTUCKET! I so thoroughly enjoyed it. Its wonderful and moving and well written. Great dialogue, great characters. I will spread the word!”
—Allison Hill, Bookstore Manager, VROMANS, Pasadena, CA
“Recalls another Massachusetts dynasty-a clan of wild boys with political dreams and personal demons. Novelist Jan Goldstein is a wise and wry observer of what has changed beneath the face of American governance, and what never will.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN
“Addictive. Better than chocolate. Destined to be one of our bestsellers…”
—Mimi Beman, owner, Mitchell's Book Corner, a BookSense independent bookstore
“I could never be a good father because I turned my back on being your son.” Perhaps Teddy Mathison is right when he makes this heart-wrenching confession to his dying mother, but is it really too late? The touching and surprising answer unfolds in this richly layered, tender story of a man who is primed to go far in life, but first must find his way home."
"How did you deal with all of it?" he asked quietly.
They both noticed the tenderness in his voice.
Liza glanced over at him with a strong, determined grin. "You cry a lot. There are unbearable pools of sadness. You get angry. You shut down. I didn't want anything to do with anyone. Practically starved myself for a while. Eventually, you find you don't much like yourself like that," she explained, taking a deep breath. "When you get there you have a choice." She paused. "Let it take you down, or allow the hurt to become a part of you."
She nodded, remembering it.
"Seems to me you'd always be in pain that way," Teddy said as his eyes searched hers.
"No," she said, shaking her head firmly. "No, the pain turns into memory. And you honor that memory by living, I think." She nodded, tears forming in her eyes. "By creating, because that's you. It's who you are."
Teddy recalled the words his mother had shared with him.
"You have to become what you were born to be..."