Summerlong is set in present times, in and near Seattle, Washington. Abe and Joanna have been in a relationship for more than twenty years. One night at the Skyliner Diner, one of their favorite dinner spots, they meet a waitress named Lioness Lazos. After learning that Lioness has no place of her own and hardly any clothes, Joanna invites her to live in Abe’s garage. This sparks a chain of events that affects everyone in Abe and Joanna’s lives, including Joanna’s insecure daughter Lily.
Throughout the whole book, I was wondering what would happen next. It was definitely one of those books that you REALLY want to finish because you want to know how it ends but you really don’t want to finish it because then you’ll have finished it. I was slightly disappointed by the ending that’s partly because, as I said, I did not want the book to end.
The world itself is in existence already so it didn’t need much development, but Peter S. Beagle brought the nuances of northwestern Washington state to the page. The characters are well enough developed that it is easy to relate to them, even though Abe and Joanna are quite a bit older than me.
Overall, I rate Summerlong 4 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it! You can order Summerlong from Amazon US to receive it when it is released on 6 September 2016! Or if you’re from the UK, you can order from Amazon UK to receive it when it is released on 29 September 2016! Once you’ve read it, please come back and let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
Peter S. Beagle is an American author. He is best known for writing The Last Unicorn as well as the script for the animated film version of the book of the same title. Several of the novels he has written are considered modern classics. In addition to writing, he enjoys playing guitar and folk singing. I was unable to find an official website for Mr. Beagle. For more information about Peter S. Beagle and his work, visit his Goodreads profile.
I received a proof of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.