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The Summer We Lost Her

A Novel

by (author) Tish Cohen

Initial publish date
Jun 2019
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    Jun 2018
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    Jun 2019
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For fans of Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen, comes an “astonishingly profound…exquisitely written drama” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You) about a husband and a wife, a missing child, and the complicated family secrets that can derail even the best of marriages.
It’s been a busy—and expensive—few years for Matt and Elise Sorenson and their young daughter Gracie, whom they affectionately call Little Green. Matt, a Manhattan lawyer, has just been offered a partnership, and Elise’s equestrian ambitions as a competitive dressage rider may finally vault her into the Olympics. But her long absences from home and endless hours of training have strained their relationships nearly to the breaking point.
Now they’re up in the Adirondacks, preparing to sell the valuable lakefront cabin that’s been in Matt’s family for generations. Both he and Elise agree it’s time to let it go. But as they navigate the memories the cabin holds—and come face to face with Matt’s teenage crush, now an unnervingly attractive single mother living right next door—Gracie disappears without a trace.
Faced with the possibility that they’ll never see their daughter again, Elise and Matt struggle to come to terms with what their future may bring. The fate of the family property, the history of this not-so-tiny town, and the limits of Matt and Elise’s love for each other are inextricably bound up with Gracie’s disappearance. Everything for the Sorenson family is about to change—the messy tangle of their past, the harrowing truth of their present, and whether or not their love will survive a parent’s worst nightmare.
Previously published under the title Little Green

About the author

Tish Cohen is the author of Inside Out Girl, a Globe and Mail bestseller, and Town House, a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Town House is currently in development as a feature film with Fox 2000, with Ridley Scott as producer. Cohen has also written three novels for younger readers -- The Invisible Rules of the Zoë Lama and The One and Only Zoë Lama, for middle-grade readers; and, most recently, Little Black Lies, for teen readers. Cohen has contributed articles to some of Canada’s largest newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and the National Post. She currently lives in Toronto. You can visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

“How much stress can a marriage take? Tish Cohen answers this question with skill and artistry, capturing subtle shifts in mood and feeling as she escalates the pressure on her characters. . . . Atmospheric and compulsively readable.” — Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Orphan Train

“Cohen writes with command of a strained marriage facing unfathomable challenge, knowing precisely when to reveal and when to withhold. Deftly plotted and tensely paced, Little Green is impossible to put down.” — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times-bestselling author of The Painted Girls

Little Green dazzlingly unfolds the complexities of a fracturing marriage, the secrets we build our dreams on, and the fierce yearning to be someone other than who we really are. Compassionate, startling, and so full of life, the pages breathe.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times-bestselling author of Pictures of You, Is This Tomorrow and Cruel Beautiful World

Little Green is a compelling and complex portrait of a marriage and regret. Cohen spins a moving story with a high-stakes plot that won’t let you go until you know the family’s fate.” — Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Praise for the novels of Tish Cohen —

“The Search Angel is not only beautifully written and populated with achingly real characters, it also strikes a delicate balance between incisive humour and the sadness and joy that are the inevitable by-product of love.” — Susan Juby, author of The Woefield Poulty Collective

“The Search Angel is a page-turner. . . . A funny, sad, touching and original story that shouldn’t be missed.” — Colin Mochrie Colin Mochrie

“Move over Jodi Picoult” — The Globe and Mail

“A beautifully written, finely wrought, race-to-the-end novel about finding your family, finding a life and finding yourself. Tish Cohen is the next great thing in women’s fiction.” — Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Time of My Life

“If you think you know anything about parental love and misguided choices, think again. Cohen peels away the layers of families and human desires and leaves us with a world of hope.” — Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of Lost & Found and Now & Then

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