"A beautiful book that asks the crucial question, is it worse to destroy a dam or to destroy a river? Which is to say, how do we live our conscience on a crowded, corrupted planet?" -Monica Drake, author of The Stud Book "Susan DeFreitas's powerful, timely novel asks big questions-not only about water rights and the importance of riparian corridors in the West, but about what it means to fight for the natural world." -Michaela Carter, author of Further Out Than You Thought "Hot Season, Susan DeFreitas's finely wrought debut novel, explores the charged terrain where the youthful search for identity meets environmental activism and the romantic, illicit lure of direct action. A compelling book." -Cari Luna, Oregon Book Award winner, author of The Revolution of Every Day "In Susan DeFreitas's riveting debut, the desert looms large over the dreams and desires of three friends contending with big questions - such as who to love, who to trust, and what to sacrifice for the greater good. A tale of youth, lust, and activism, Hot Season is a beguiling college novel in the tradition of The Secret History." -Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave Praise for Susan DeFreitas "Terrific." -Jess Walter, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins "Irresistible-funny and whip smart and dead-on." -David Long, author of The Inhabited World
"From Franzen on down, activist lit is so hot right now.... Susan DeFreitas gets it right."
--The Portland Mercury
"[A] brisk read with a potent mix of wit and edge."
--Arizona Daily Sun
"A beautiful book that asks the crucial question, is it worse to destroy a dam or to destroy a river?" -David Long, author of The Inhabited World
"Earth-shatteringly good.... as if Donna Tartt had been edited by Gordon Lish."
--Read It Forward
"A stunning debut novel."
--Huffington Post Books
"[A] striking story about...that fluid moment of young adulthood when everything seems possible."
"Pleasingly paced and engaging...with a conclusion that rings true. You don't graduate from or age out of activism. You find new ways to tell the next story."