Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton

Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton

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Winner of the 2022 Lammy Award for Transgender Fiction

From acclaimed author Jeanne Thornton, an epic, singular look at fandom, creativity, longing, and trans identity.

Gala, a young trans woman, works at a hostel in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She is obsessed with the Get Happies, the quintessential 1960s Californian band, helmed by its resident genius, B—-. Gala needs to know: Why did the band stop making music? Why did they never release their rumored album, Summer Fun

And so she writes letters to B—- that shed light not only on the Get Happies, but paint an extraordinary portrait of Gala. The parallel narratives of B—- and Gala form a dialogue about creation—of music, identity, self, culture, and counterculture. 
 

Summer Fun is a brilliant and magical work of trans literature that marks Thornton as one of our most exciting and original novelists.

 

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“I anticipated the release of Summer Fun for six years, and now that I finally got to read it, its characters and story will linger with me much longer than that. I suspect it will come to be considered the Pet Sounds of trans literature: a masterpiece that feels both astonishingly new and comfortingly familiar.”
- Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby

Summer Fun is a fully realized vision so strange and compelling that even in writing this blurb I still can’t quite shake the sensation of having genuinely known these characters, if only for a short and magical while.”  - Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox 

“A beautiful, mesmerizing volcano of a novel that elegantly vibrates with the intimate weight of decades. Thornton’s prose is driving, joyous, and steeped with a grace reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson. It all builds to an ending that is no less than perfect." - Casey Plett, author of Little Fish


“In Summer Fun, Jeanne Thornton, that slow-burn superstar, has dropped a punk’s pop masterpiece—a compulsively readable novel that somehow also reinvigorates the form of the epistolary novel, dives into the deepest reflective waters of fandom, observes trans-cis relations with social-realist precision and generosity, and recovers the trans throughline that was always there. We are so lucky to live now, when we get to read this book.”  - Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

  • Details

    Imprint: Cinder House

    Publication Date: 14 July 2022

    ISBN: 9781911585947

    Pages: 400

    Type: Paperback

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