THE SUMMER DEMANDS by Deborah Shapiro

THE SUMMER DEMANDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A woman struggling to find direction in life finds herself drawn to a younger woman in Shapiro's (The Sun in Your Eyes, 2016) latest.

Emily and her husband, David, are living at a summer camp that was once run by Emily's aunt and uncle but has since gone out of business. Their own plans to reopen the camp as a high-end resort have gone aground, and while David has gone back to work, Emily is biding her time as she attempts to come to terms with a miscarriage and unsuccessful fertility treatments. But one day she meets Stella, a college-aged woman secretly living in a bunkhouse on the camp grounds. The two quickly strike up a close friendship that morphs into something more intimate—and potentially dangerous for Emily's marriage even though it brings her a joy and comfort she hadn't known she needed. Emily is a sympathetic protagonist, a woman who is beginning to feel doors closing in her life even though she doesn't feel like an "adult." Stella is no less captivating, embodying youthful freedom and vulnerability. Together, they make for an electrifying duo, and the strange and blurred relationship that emerges between them is charged to the point of creating an edge-of-your-seat tension.

While the plot can feel low-stakes, the emotional connection between the two women is captivating and complex.

Pub Date: June 4th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-948226-30-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Catapult
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2019




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