Ferris Beach

Jill McCorkle (Author)


"Whimsically entertaining and dramatically compelling."
--The Boston Globe
Kate Burns has heard of the magic of Ferris Beach all her life. Kate needs to believe in a little wonder. Shy and self-conscious, she lives with her distant, demanding mother and eccentric father.
Then Misty moves to town, from Ferris Beach, no less. She is everything Kate wants to be: daring, outrageous, and fun. The two girls grow up together, sharing secrets about everything--until one fateful Fourth of July when their lives change forever. . . .
"One of the best in the new generation of Southern writers . . . McCorkle hits all the right notes."
--Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Product Details

Algonquin Books
Publish Date
September 22, 2009
5.4 X 1.0 X 8.1 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Jill McCorkle's first two novels were released simultaneously when she was just out of college, and the New York Times called her "a born novelist." Since then, she has published six novels and four collections of short stories, and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Five of her books have been New York Times Notable books, and her most recent novel, Life After Life, was a New York Times bestseller. She has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, the Atlantic, and other publications. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard, where she also chaired the department of creative writing. She is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.


"Ferris Beach is believable. And funny. And heartbreaking. But most of all, it's a joy to read." --The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Beautiful and inspired . . . Rich with interesting characters." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Delightful . . . A novel about family secrets, identity crises, and mother-daughter standoffs." --Vogue
--The Cincinnati Enquirer