The setting for this book is a small resort community in the 1960s. Although this book is set during summer vacation at the beach, it is not a book about people having fun on holiday. The mothers stuck here with their kids while their hubbies are in the city working are not happy campers. Not only do they feel very isolated and trapped in this small vacation community, they also are dissatisfied with their marriages and their kids and just life in general. This is a downbeat look at summer at the cottage. However, if you don't mind wading through all the angst and let the story lead you where it will, you might find it well worth reading as it takes you into the lives of these miserable folks.