Love, Loss, and Summer Life

Love, Loss, and Summer Life
Gae Polisner and Huntley Fitzpatrick
Friday, July 11
3:00 pm
Ages 14+

Summer has begun, the beach beckons—and Francesca Schnell is going nowhere. Francesca’s little brother, Simon, drowned four years ago, and she was the one who should have been watching him. Now almost 16, she’s used to playing second fiddle to her dead brother's memory, and to her best friend Lisette , who is frolicking through summer with Francesca’s dream boy. At the local pool, Francesca meets Frankie Sky, a daredevil of a four year old boy with a hole in his heart who bears an eerie resemblance to her brother-- so much so that she begins to wonder if he could be Simon’s reincarnation. Knowing Frankie leads Francesca to places she never thought she’d dare to go, and it begins to seem possible to forgive herself, grow up, and even fall in love, whether or not she solves the riddle of Frankie Sky.

17-year-old Gwen Castle's biggest mistake ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past, or the island, Gwen's dad gives her a tip: her wealthy, elderly employer is redoing her will this summer, and that could be Gwen's ticket to the good life. But what will it mean for Gwen's now life? Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.


Gae Polisner is the award-winning author of The Pull of Gravity. She is a family law mediator by trade but a writer by calling. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two sons. When she’s not writing, she can be found in a pool or, in warmer weather, in her wet suit in the open waters of Long Island Sound. The Summer of Letting Go is her second novel for teen readers.

As a former editor at Harlequin, Huntley Fitzpatrick knows her romance. She has always wanted to be writer, ever since growing up in a small, coastal, Connecticut town much like the Stony Bay of her novels. Huntley is currently a full time writer, wife, and mom to six children. She is the author of My Life Next Door.

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:00pm

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189 Main Street
02540 Falmouth
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