July 2017 Feature

book cover for the summer she was under water by Jen michalski

The Summer She Was Under Water

by Jen Michalski
Queen's Ferry Press, 2016

Kicking off the Fall 2017 season is The Summer She Was Under Water, a drama about a highly dysfunctional family set against a holiday weekend. From the back:

It has been twenty years since Sam Pinski, a young novelist, has spent the Fourth of July weekend with her family at their cabin on the Susquehanna River. There, she must confront a chaotic history of mental illness, alcoholism, and physical violence and struggle to find perspective in the pulse of things familiar and respite from the shame of the taboo relationship that courses through her. As she does, a subplot emerges: Excerpts are included from Sam’s metaphoric novel in which a pregnant man tries to solve the mystery of his fertility and absolve himself of his past. Then tragedy strikes the Pinskis and they must draw together, tentatively realizing that they will continue to spin off in their own orbits unless they begin the hard work of forgiveness themselves.

The characters weaving their way through Sam Pinski's life are palpable and, most of all, human -- for better and worse. One part mystery and one part redemption, The Summer She Was Under Water will have you holding your breath until the very last page.

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