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I’m so excited to share with you Judy Chicurel’s IF I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO BE THIS BEAUTIFUL, I NEVER WOULD HAVE LET YOU GO (Berkley Books; Publication Date: September 1, 2015). Chicurel’s critically-acclaimed collection of stories captures the generational tension of one run-down Long Island beach town, and the turmoil of its young people as they hold the greater world at bay for one last summer. Berkley’s paperback edition is out this week—just in time for those cherishing the last breath of summer.
“An emotionally resonant collection of coming-of-age stories . . . moving.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[A] hauntingly written debut . . . lovely.”—The Boston Globe
“. . . A beautiful and honest coming-of-age story. . . . A stunningly evocative portrait of a down-on-its-luck town and its people.”—Booklist, starred review
Incisive and compelling stories link together to form a keenly observed coming of age novel. Unfolding during the summer of 1972 in a down-on-its-heels Long Island beach town, this moving debut explores the friendships and connections of young people on the cusp of adulthood, trying to make sense of the changing world that surrounds them with a mixture of fear and bravado.
Observed through the perceptive eyes of Katie, life among the denizens of Elephant Beach comprises a blend of clinging to convention and yearning for something more. Working class, and more than a little run down, the community percolates with generational tension. For Katie and her friends, just graduating from high school, there are limited expectations, and even those are often cut short by unplanned pregnancies and hasty teenage marriages.
During this one memorable summer, Katie and her friends will experiment with sex and drugs, fall in love and have babies, all the while holding the greater world at bay as they try to figure out what to do with their lives. Longstanding relationships will change forever or solidify into something immutable. A new generation, uneasy and unsure, will take the first steps toward the indeterminate future.
YOU CAN BUY MS. CHICUREL’S BOOK AT THE FOLLOWING SITES:
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