Cape Cod Virtual Book Event: Join Christina Clancy "The Second Home" in Conversation w/Karen Dukess "The Last Book Party" 6/12 @5pm

East End Books Ptown (  )        is happy to welcome Christina Clancy “The Second Home” for a Zoom Virtual Book Event on Friday June 12th at 5pm. Christina will read from her new book and will be in conversation w/Karen Dukess “The Last Book Party.” We had a wonderful waterfront book event at our bookstore w/Karen last year. Co-Hosts: Wellfleet Public Library & Wellfleet Marketplace

Advance Registration (FREE) is required via Eventbrite. Register here. You’ll get the zoom link and the password after registration.

 To get a signed copy of the book, advance purchase is required. Buy “The Second Home” here. To get a signed copy of “The Last Book Party,” advance purchase is required.   Buy the book here.


Shipping across USA is available. Also, pickup by appointment can be arranged along with FREE Delivery to Ptown, Truro & Wellfleet.

When the event begins via Zoom, you'll be in a Virtual waiting room. You'll be admitted to the event once the event begins.


About “The Second Home”


After a disastrous summer spent at her family's summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward.


But then Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.


Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family--and in the process, they'll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together.


About Christina Clancy


My debut novel, The Second Home, will be published June, 2020, St. Martin's Press.

Our family has owned a home in Wellfleet since the 1890's. When my grandparents lived there, we visited for a few weeks each summer throughout my childhood. I still go back as often as I can. 


As much as I love Cape Cod, I also enjoy living in the Midwest. I grew up in Milwaukee and now live in Madison, Wisconsin, with my husband John. We have two grown kids, Olivia and Tim. I'm a certified spin instructor, and I serve on the board of Wisconsin Conservation Voters.


In 2011, I received my PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I previously taught creative writing at Beloit College. 


Praise for “The Second Home”


"Christina Clancy writes with warmth, wit and wisdom about fantastically human characters. For fans of J Courtney Sullivan and Ann Packer."

-- Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer-prize finalist, THE GREAT BELIEVERS


I gobbled THE SECOND HOME in a matter of days, fully invested in the history, hurt, and hopes of this very human family. Christi Clancy writes with empathy and rich detail: to read about the Gordons is to smell the pine and oak of Wellfleet, to tread the well-worn rooms of their eccentric summer home, and to learn all sides of the explosive rift that sent them hurtling in different directions. Tender and suspenseful, Clancy's debut explores the nature of home as well as the nature of family itself--given and chosen.

-- Chloe Benjamin, author of NYT Bestseller THE IMMORTALISTS

"Clancy's propulsive, provocative debut novel is a sure-footed ode to the strength of family, the depth of loss, and the power of forgiveness."


“From the first pages of The Second Home, it’s abundantly clear that Christina Clancy has an abiding love for outer Cape Cod, which she conjures in all its bluster and beauty. But as this compelling novel progresses, it also becomes obvious that Clancy has a keen awareness of how secrets can tear apart even the closest of families. Drawn in by the exquisitely-rendered setting, I was riveted by this stirring, family drama."



“Every Wellfleet sand dune, every breeze and beach and pond, came alive for me in this beautiful, heartbreaking debut about a Milwaukee family’s complicated history with their summer home. Christi Clancy’s characters are so real and flawed, so caught between the darkness and the light, that they step right off the page, and you won’t rest until you know what becomes of them.”

--Meg Mitchell Moore, THE ADMISSIONS


"The Second Home shows us how families are knit together and how they unravel. And how a place -- a geography, a house -- can act as the repository for our best and most important memories. And that even the most damaged past can be reclaimed, a hard-won wisdom that shines through on every page. A compelling story, beautifully told."

-- Jean Thompson, THE YEAR WE LEFT HOME


"Christi Clancy's debut novel is about the ways we build walls with secrets.  Clancy imagines her complicated characters with such empathy and precision that every questionable choice, every mistake, feels like the only option.   The Second Home is a big, sprawling, smart, beautiful story about love and betrayal, home and family, and the foundations of forgiveness." 

-- Lauren Fox, author of DAYS OF AWE


"This deeply moving and heartfelt book explores what makes a home--and how homes make us. It's deftly plotted, sensuously told, and incredibly smart about the secrets that pull families apart and the love that knits them back together."

-- Liam Callanan,  PARIS BY THE BOOK


"Christi Clancy writes with an arresting vividness and a nuanced understanding of her characters, who are buffeted by a storm of conflicting desires.  How to balance the desire for loyalty to the past and to family legacy with the need to move forward and live fully in the present? The Second Home is a poignant but also a very entertaining novel—full of startling detail, humor, and above all, an abiding sympathy for its beautifully drawn characters."

-- Christine Sneed, LITTLE KNOWN FACTS




Event date: 
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
The Second Home: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250239341
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 2nd, 2020

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Photo: James Bartelt