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In the sweltering heat of one summer in a small midwestern town, Claire and Don Lowry discover that married life isn’t quite as they’d predicted.

One night Don, a father of three, leaves his house for an evening stroll, only to wake up the next morning stoned and sleeping in a hammock next to a young woman he barely knows. His wife, Claire, leaves the house on this same night to go on a midnight run—only to find herself bumming cigarettes and beer outside the all-night convenience store.

As the summer lingers and the temperature rises, this quotidian town’s adults grow wilder and more reckless while their children grow increasingly confused. Claire, Don, and their neighbors and friends find themselves on an existential odyssey, exploring the most puzzling quandaries of marriage and maturity. When does a fantasy become infidelity? When does compromise become resentment? When does routine become boring monotony? Can Claire and Don survive everything that befalls them in this one summer, forgive their mistakes, and begin again?

Award-winning writer Dean Bakopoulos delivers a brutally honest and incredibly funny novel about the strange and tenuous ties that bind us, and the strange and unlikely places we find connection. Full of mirth, melancholy, and redemption, Summerlong explores what happens when life goes awry.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A witty read about likeable people behaving badly.”

    People

  • “Bakopoulos is very much his own writer, and it is his distinct humanity and sense of humor that make this story so emotionally rewarding. This is that rare, contemporary suburban novel with characters the reader can actually embrace in spite of their many flaws.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Summerlong is Dean Bakopoulos at his finest: daringly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and forever on the watch for redemption. This is a book for any season, any reader, anywhere—it shimmers with magic, lust, and love.”

    Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs

  • “There is no better guide through a hot summer in the heartland than Dean Bakopoulos…Lovers chasing all over the joint, the glorious wreckage, and Bakopoulos with his keen eye, his sympathy, and his wit, there to see all.”

    Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Author

Dean Bakopoulos, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, teaches creative writing and literature at Grinnell College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.