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Book Title: The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me: A Novel|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.70 MB
v The author of the book: Suzanne Kingsbury
Date of issue: April 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780743238137
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Read full description of the books The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me: A Novel:"It is the things that happen to you which no one else knows about that make you important in life," says Haley Ellyson in this captivating first novel about loss of innocence and the ties of passion and friendship. Set in Houser Banks, Mississippi, a fictional town frozen in time, Suzanne Kingsbury's debut is an intense and evocative tale of young people coming to terms with the legacy of racism over the course of a sultry Southern summer.
Deserted by her mother and raised by her whiskey-drinking, gun-shooting father, beautiful Haley has broken the heart of every boy in town. Yet she hides two intimate and explosive secrets that empower her just as they threaten to undermine everything she holds dear. Haley is engaged in a dangerous flirtation with one of her father's friends when Fletcher Greel, the Judge's son, comes home for the summer, having just graduated from a New England prep school. Fletcher's friend Riley is in love with a blues-singing black girl named Crystal, and Fletcher falls instantly for Haley. These four soon become inseparable, intoxicated by love, desire, and the new-found freedoms of late adolescence.
But Houser Banks is a small town where attitudes hearken back to a time of racism and hatred. As the summer wanes, disapproval of Riley and Crystal's romance takes increasingly violent turns, and Haley's secrets surface to devastating results.
An enormously talented young writer, Suzanne Kingsbury has crafted a pitch-perfect, cinematic first novel rich with unforgettable characters, mesmerizing prose, and smoldering sexual tension. A fresh and vivid rendering of timeless themes, The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me captures the exhilaration of first love and the consequences of rebellion in a place resistant to change.
Read information about the authorSuzanne Kingsbury was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Guilford, Connecticut. She has since lived in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Deep South, the Southwest, New England, Mexico and Panama. She is the author of two novels, The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me (Scribner, 2002) and The Gospel According to Gracey (Scribner, 2004. Both have been optioned for film and have been translated extensively in foreign markets. She is the co-editor of the anthology of southern writers, The Alumni Grill (Macadam and Cage, 2004) and has been anthologized in The Blue Moon Café and At My Grandmother’s Table. Her articles have appeared in Atlanta Magazine and Glamour magazine, among others. She won the 1999 Oxford Town Fiction Prize, has been an artist-in-residency at Yaddo, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Sri Lanka, where she studied temple ritual and ceremony and learned Kandyan dance and drumming. She has taught for Mississippi State, The University of Georgia, PIMA writing program, Ohio Wesleyan University, the Lost State Writer’s Conference, Tennessee’s Council for the Written Word and has been a presenter and panelist at literary festivals and conferences across the country. She is currently working on a series of novels about America at war, including novels about the US in Panama during the time of Noriega, the aftermath of the Korean war in a small New England town, and Montana during the 1960s draft for Vietnam. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont and has made a second home in Panama City, Panama.
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