Flood Summer: A Novel

Flood Summer: A Novel

by Trenton Lee Stewart

Hardcover(New Edition)



In Trenton Lee Stewart’s debut novel, a young man holed up in a decrepit trailer in tiny Lockers Creek, Arkansas, considers himself a failure. Abe Pittenger has spent the last few years doing roof work, the last month enduring a ceaseless rain, and the last few days on a desolate trip to the Gulf, saying goodbye to his oldest friend. Abe has bad knees, flat tires, a dying cat, and no plans. When the rain becomes a brutal storm and a flood claims the countryside, he unexpectedly finds himself in haunted territory that will shadow him the rest of his life.

Marie Hamilton, meanwhile, has arrived in the pouring rain, knocking on the door of a middle-class Hot Springs home—that of her father, whom she has not known since she was a child. Bringing all her possessions in the trunk of her car, leaving her troubled history on the road behind her, Marie has one goal: to begin her life anew.

When Abe and Marie meet and fall into a tumultuous relationship, they are forced to rethink their respective pasts—uncovering and confronting secrets they would rather not disturb.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870745058
Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Trenton Lee Stewart has worked as a residential counselor in a youth home for troubled girls, a residence assistant for men with mental disabilities, a lost and found clerk, a rural roustabout video deliveryman, a reference assistant in the art and music department of a public library, and a professor of writing and literature. He has had stories in many literary venues, including The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. He is the author of a forthcoming children’s novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and two sons.

What People are Saying About This

Lee K. Abbott

A writer with eye and ear and heart and brain enough to tell us true and make life out of English.
—(Lee K. Abbott, Love Is the Crooked Thing)

Mary O'Connell

In prose by turns startling and delicate, Stewart explores natural disaster-including love and its attendant hardships-with passion and exquisite devotion. A beautiful, memorable book that introduces us to a brilliant new writer.
—(Mary O'Connell, author of Living with Saints)

Rick Harsch

Trenton Lee Stewart's characters are as real as the water rising about them, and they observe much you'll find you've been missing, even in Faulkner.
—(Rick Harsch, author of The Driftless Trilogy)

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Flood Summer 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this book off and on for several months now, and it's actually quite good. The story is slow, but builds a good picture of each character, which I think is why I have stuck with it this long. It's not a book that's going to suck you in, hence it taking me several months to finish the book, however I don't feel like it's been a waste of my time. It's very hard to explain. I do recommend giving this book a chance, and I am very interested to see how it all ends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a really good book. i really really really enjoyed it.