A family trip to Chesapeake Bay holds life-changing revelations in this Runnymede novel by the New York Times-bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle.
It's August 1952, and seven-year-old Nickel-otherwise known as Nicole-sets off for a day at the beach with her mother, Juts, aunt Wheezie, and eight-year-old cousin Leroy. Chesapeake Bay is beautiful in summer, but Leroy, who recently lost his mother, is frightened of the world around him. While Nickel delights in tormenting her cousin, the group begins work on a magnificent sand castle. And in an effort to coax Leroy out of his shell, the sisters tell stories of their own childhood trips to the shore.
As the sun swings higher in the sky, and uncomfortable family history rises to the surface, Nickel's taunting escalates until a frightening event draws them back together. It isn't until years later that Nickel can see that single day at the beach for what it truly was-a life-changing lesson about family and all the pleasure and heartbreak that comes with it.
Beginning with Six of One, Rita Mae Brown's novels of Southern sisters Juts and Wheezie Hunsenmeir have won critical praise and millions of readers worldwide. Now Brown's beloved characters from Runnymede, Maryland, "are back and irascible as ever" in The Sand Castle (Publishers Weekly).