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Summerlings
Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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From beloved bookseller Lisa Howorth comes a Cold War coming-of-age story in which three best friends confront their fears of the Bomb, Russian spies, girls, and their role in the tragic accident that ushers them into adulthood. It's the summer of 1959. For the handful of families who live on Connors Lane, a stone's throw from the Washington Monument, life is still largely defined by what one did during the war. Behind each freshly painted door lives the family of a diplomat, a supposed spook, a former Nazi sympathizer, or someone who escaped the conflagration in Europe just in time. The Cold War is in high gear, and neighborhood tensions are powered by lingering suspicions and resentments. But it is also the summer of an inexplicable spider infestation--surely evidence of "insect warfare" by the Russians, thinks our young narrator John, and his best friends, Ivan and Max. When a rare, scorpion-like creature is captured and sequestered for further study, the boys, along with their tomboy friend, Beatriz, hatch a risky midnight plan to sneak into the Natural History Museum and steal the creature for themselves. At the same time, under the tutelage of Ivan's glamorous aunt Elena, they decide to forge a spirit of bonhomie in the neighborhood by throwing a party in John's grandparents' backyard. Fueled by rum-doctored punch and fireworks, the adults let down their defenses until Elena, already a lightning rod for her swinging social life and outspokenness on behalf of refugees, roars off with a stranger on his motorcycle. What happens when she returns home later that night will change John's life forever. Against this perfectly rendered backdrop of Good Humor trucks, Chesterfield cigarettes, Everly Brothers tunes, and childhood mischief, Lisa Howorth has written a powerful testament to love and friendship amid uncertain times.
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ReadingEnvy
Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 165: Delightful Reads with Claire Handscombe

Claire joins Jenny to discuss recent reads, bookish podcasts, and Claire talks about what brought her to DC, her writing project, and the bookseller's life.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy165

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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Mehso-so

Cute and quick story of a post-war Washington neighbourhood and its mix and match group of people told through the eyes of a young boy. It's the Cold War era and the sweltering heat and spider invasion made for some cute stories. It's quick and just okay. Cute little summertime read.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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Have a new giant umbrella over the patio! Going to start reading a summer feeling book and enjoy under the shade!

ShyBookOwl Oooh jealous! It's too hot for outdoor reading where I am. 41 C / 105.8 F... I can't handle that lol 7mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @ShyBookOwl yes. It's extremely short lived. So hot. 😟 7mo
Tamra Nice!! 7mo
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BookishClaire
Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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A short novel about a group of kids who spend the summer of ‘59 catching spiders and trying to get their neighbours to like each other. Loved it! It‘s very DC. And very Cold War-y, which I‘m also into :) And something about it felt a little Great Gatsbyish to me. out on 6th August!!

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BookishClaire
Summerlings | Lisa Howorth
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Summer reading viiibes