East Greenwich event to host authors of ‘Lost Summers of Newport’

EAST GREENWICH — Conversation flows easily when Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White get together. They confide, commiserate and joke with each other like the good friends they are.

Except these women share something else. Each is a New York Times bestselling author with numerous books written solo — and four they have written together.

Their latest collaboration is “The Lost Summers of Newport,” and on Aug. 24, they will introduce their book — and their friendship — at a special presentation at the Greenwich Odeum, sponsored by “The Rhode Show” and Reading with Robin.

The Newport setting is bound to intrigue the Rhode Islanders, and Robin Kall, who will co-host the event with Ashley Erling, a producer of “The Rhode Show” on WPRI-TV, envisions the event as the smallest state’s biggest book club. The authors will speak and answer questions about their unique style of working together.

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Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White, from left, will talk about

What is “The Lost Summers of Newport” about?

Already hailed as “An engrossing and sumptuous tale,” on “Good Morning America,” “The Lost Summers of Newport” explores the lives of three women from different eras: a modern story set in 2019, a mid-century tale from 1958, and a saga from 1899 in the waning days of the Gilded Age.

Their stories are told in rotation. Chapter One is about Andie, a single mother trying to make ends meet as a producer of “Makeover Mansion,” a reality show about restoring once-opulent houses, including the fictional Sprague mansion in Newport. Andie is the 21st-century character.

Chapter Two introduces Ellen, a young woman hired to give vocal lessons to a sheltered young heiress with a nouveau-riche stepbrother, John Sprague, who hopes she will marry into enough wealth to support his eponymous estate. Ellen is regarded as a servant in this Gilded Age mansion.

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