Kevin Pilkington Summer Shares

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Summer Shares

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9781595072399: Summer Shares

It was 1981 and Chris MacCauley was nursing a broken heart, a bruised ego and his own post-adolescent resistance to his rite of passage into adult maturity. This satiric novel grapples with the social and sexual issues that confront the lives of a group of young New Yorkers who share a beach house in The Hamptons from Memorial to Labor Day. It is during that summer when The Hamptons just began to grow in popularity before becoming the exclusive enclave it is today. The narrator and central character, in a voice reminiscent of the first person "J.D. Salinger narrative style," is wounded from a disastrous love affair with his ex-girlfriend, Laura. He decides that spending a summer in the Hamptons would be the best emotional therapy he could undertake. As the novel unfolds we learn about the other share members through Chris' interactions with them. We discover their restlessness and passions as they go about searching for a "significant other." All their passionate and, often times, humorous dramas are staged on the beaches, at the parties, and at the "hot spots" of the Hamptons. Through his nostalgic voice Chris' world unfolds in an entertaining series of flashbacks, complete with male vulnerabilities, insecurities and the role ego plays in moments of self-clarity: "Most men grow old but not all mature." He also offers glimpses of his life with the materialistic Laura and his inability to let go. He realizes that learning how to let go might be where the maturing process will begin for him. With wit, emotion, laughter and tears, during the course of the summer, Chris experiences a lot more than he bargained for.

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Kevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of six poetry collections: Spare Change (1997) was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner; Ready to Eat the Sky (River City Press, 2004) was a finalist for an Independent Publishers Books Award; IN THE EYES OF A DOG (NYQ Books, 2009) won the 2011 New York Book Festival Award and THE UNEMPLOYED MAN WHO BECAME A TREE (Black Lawrence Press, 2011) was a Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist. WHERE YOU WANT TO BE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) is his latest collection. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies including: Birthday Poems: A Celebration, Western Wind, and Contemporary Poetry of New England. Over the years, he has been nominated for four Pushcarts. His poems have appeared in magazines including The Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden's Ferry, Columbia and North American Review. He has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities, including The New School, Manhattanville College, MIT, University of Michigan, Susquehanna University, Saint Vincent College. His debut novel Summer Shares was published by ArcheBooks Publishing in 2012 and a paperback edition was reissued in summer 2014. He recently completed a second novel and is working on a new collection of poems.

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"I really enjoyed reading "Summer Shares." The author Kevin Pilkington does an excellent job of creating unique characters that make the story extremely entertaining and usually humorous. I highly recommend this book." - Paige Lovitt for Reader Views

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