Summer Solstice: An Essay (Paperback)

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Who doesn’t love summer? The approach of the solstice brings days lengthening to their longest as we reach the furthest point from the darkness of winter. Days of corn on the cob, sand between the toes, fireflies, ice cream, summer camp. Nina MacLaughlin (author of the excellent memoir, Hammerhead and the novel Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung) has put together a gem of a little book - just 60 pages of concise, languid, beautiful prose: a meditation on all things summer. A pocket-sized beauty with French-flaps and a letter press cover, published by the equally excellent & tiny Black Sparrow Press. It’s one of those books you'll be surprised & delighted by when you stretch out in your hammock with your lemonade for the afternoon.  -sm

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Summer is fireflies and sparklers. Fat red tomatoes sliced thin and salted. Lemonade and long dreamy days. The treasures of the season are gone much too soon -- but they're captured here, in loving sensuous prose that's both personal and universal, for you to find any time of year.

Experience the most evocative tribute to the meaning of the season, a season whose magical feeling stays with us even in winter. Where does that feeling come from? What is summer made of? The smell of cut grass behind the gasoline of a lawnmower. A crown you've made of flowers. Blackberry bush prickers. First hot dog off the grill. Stargazing and sleeping with the windows open. This 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, Nina MacLaughlin writes, for a moment: there's time.

If summer is the season of your life, if the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day hold your favorite memories, you'll love Summer Solstice.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781574232387
ISBN-10: 157423238X
Publisher: Black Sparrow Press
Publication Date: April 27th, 2020
Pages: 72
Language: English