Review: Last Summer at the Golden Hotel

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

Looking for a book to transport you for a summer vacation? Pick up Last Summer at the Golden Hotel. Where I work, we have a senior mens group that pre-Covid, met once a month for a luncheon and they had many speakers who would come in and talk about the Catskills in their hey day, so it was easy for me to picture what summers there used to be like.

From the Jewish representation to the family drama, it was hard to put this book down. With a large cast of characters across three generations, I liked that you get the perspective of basically all the characters throughout the chapters in the book. Despite the secrets some family members were keeping, they all came together to do their best to have one final summer at the place they all love. My favorite characters were Zach and Phoebe and I really enjoyed the future journey that they had.

This is a book I would definitely give to my mom to read, because growing up in the 60s and 70s when the Catskills was the place to be where she hails from, I feel like she would really appreciate the story.

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