Summer Solstice: An Essay
A sensuous, far-ranging, meditation on the meaning of summer.
What is summer made of? The smell of cut grass behind the gasoline of a lawnmower. Ponds, lakes, and oceans. The first swim. A sunburn. A crown you've made of flowers. Blackberry bush prickers. Fat red tomatoes sliced thin and salted. First hot dog off the grill. Stargazing, spooning, and sleeping with the windows open. Two bodies, naked and entwined. Throbbing light from fireflies. Nina MacLaughlin's essay brims with a searching honesty and insight about what this season has meant in our pasts and what it might mean in our lives ahead.
Release yourself into the sky and feel, for a moment: there's time.
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About the Author
Nina MacLaughlin is the author of Wake Siren: Ovid Resung and the acclaimed memoir Hammer Head. Formerly an editor at The Boston Phoenix, she worked for nine years as a carpenter, and is now a books columnist for The Boston Globe.
Praise for Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung (FSG, 2019):
"Nina MacLaughlin has done something audacious. She has invited the female characters in Ovid--daughter, mother, sister, wife, widow, queen, nymph, maenad, monster, even the blind seer Tiresias--to sing through her. Wake, Siren is a stunning and sustained performance, in language bold and lyrical, direct yet sensual, and loaded with natural beauty."
--Mary Norris, author of Greek to Me
"Vital, vivid, and angry."--Kirkus, starred review