Author: Elyssa Friedland
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Obtained: publisher via Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Bottom Line: Perfect summer read about family, traditions and new paths
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Summary: In its heyday, The Golden Hotel was the crown jewel of the hotter-than-hot Catskills vacation scene. For more than sixty years, the Goldman and Weingold families – best friends and business partners – have presided over this glamorous resort which served as a second home for well-heeled guests and celebrities. But the Catskills are not what they used to be – and neither is the relationship between the Goldmans and the Weingolds. As the facilities and management begin to fall apart, a tempting offer to sell forces the two families together again to make a heart-wrenching decision. Can they save their beloved Golden or is it too late? Long-buried secrets emerge, new dramas and financial scandal erupt, and everyone from the traditional grandparents to the millennial grandchildren wants a say in the hotel’s future. Business and pleasure clash in this fast-paced, hilarious, nostalgia-filled story, where the hotel owners rediscover the magic of a bygone era of nonstop fun even as they grapple with what may be their last resort. ~amazon.com
Review: If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I do love my family drama novels and Last Summer at the Golden Hotel definitely fits into that category. This time though you have 2 families and their drama that is intertwined.
The days of glory in the Catskills of New York has waned and therefore the Goldman and Weingolds have a major decision to make: keep the hotel and try to revive it or sell it to a Casino company only to have them bring it to the ground. This isn't going to be an easy decision as all of the parents, kids and grandkids have a vote. This of course brings up old issues and maybe a few new issues. It brings back old feelings and new feelings between all family members.
What I loved about this book is that you understand all viewpoints from the founders, the Grandparents, to the grandchildren who think their grandparents are too traditional for the current culture. Of course as a GenXer, I identified with the parents who were caught between respecting their parents and wondering what they hell their kids are thinking.
I found myself laughing a lot during my time with these clans. I found the novel to be endearing and fun with some nostalgia. I truly loved the ending of this book and felt it was pitch perfect. This is a perfect summer read no matter where you read it.