The Summer Demands

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5.3 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

DEBORAH SHAPIRO was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sight Unseen, Tin House, and elsewhere. Her first novel, The Sun in Your Eyes, was selected as an Editors' Choice by The New York Times Book Review, as well as one of the season's best reads by Harper's Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Vulture, among other publications. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago.


Praise for The Summer Demands
A Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Midwest Connections Pick

Shapiro's second novel is a blistering profusion of desire and longing, revealing the undercurrents between our younger and older selves. --O, The Oprah Magazine

Come for the plot, but honestly, stay for the gorgeous writing. --Mehera Bonner, Cosmopolitan

'Summer, green and still and slightly grainy.' Those seven words instantly transport you into the haze of this book, in which Emily feels like the summer of her life is disappearing, like her days of fertility and growth are over . . . It's in this tenuous state that she moves with her husband to an abandoned summer camp, where she meets 22-year-old Stella . . . The two have a magnetic, sparking connection, which makes clear the ways in which the intimate relationships between women can bring up palpable feelings of desire, envy, and liberation. --Kristin Iverson, NYLON

Smart, funny, nuanced and seductive . . . A gorgeously written story of late youth and early middle age, the novel makes the delicate argument that maybe a person can come of age at any age--that maybe everyone is always coming of age all the time. --Kathleen Rooney, Chicago Tribune

A sun-saturated tale of love and longing . . . Chicago-based author Shapiro has a knack for crafting deeply human characters and portraying complex relationships between women. --Chicago Tribune

This is a slow and sultry novel that feels like summer itself . . . Shapiro creates a cinematic portrait of desire and ambition. --Sarah Cassavant, Subtext Books, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

Drawing from Emily's memory, her grief, her attraction to Stella, and her confusion about her marriage, Shapiro shapes a mysterious and evocative novel. --Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture

Does not disappoint . . . With beautiful prose and sultry passages that see the passing of summer days on a secluded lake and in front of a bonfire, Shapiro has woven a tale of nostalgia and longing complete with deep introspection and desire for both the past and the future. --Sara Cutaia, Chicago Review of Books

The point of summer is to be free of demands, but in Shapiro's engrossing, seductive sophomore novel, the emotional demands prove to have a ferocious power . . . Shapiro keys into the vulnerabilities of the older woman and in the dynamic between the pair, and in this overgrown, wild landscape, she has written a suspenseful, provocative novel. --The National Book Review

Shapiro's The Summer Demands is sultry, shrewd, unnerving, and simply magnetic. I was hooked from beginning to end. --Rebecca Kauffman, author of The Gunners

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 . . . The emotional connection between the two women is captivating and complex. --Kirkus Reviews