Summerlong (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

Summerlong, by Dean Bakopoulos (2015).  This novel is about Claire and Don Lowry.  They’re fortyish, they have two kids, and they seem to have a perfectly nice life in the small town of Grinnell, Iowa.  But during a long and freakishly hot summer, their marriage begins to crumble.  Don starts smoking marijuana with an attractive young woman who goes by her initials ABC, and Claire starts hanging out with a much younger fellow named Charlie.  (I sort of imagine a Thelma & Louise era Brad Pitt in that role.)  I thought it was a good novel, although Claire is much less fleshed-out than Don is.  I especially enjoyed a sudden and unexpected reference to Gordon Lightfoot and his classic hit “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”


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