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"It is a dark and stormy Puget Sound winter--until the arrival of Lioness Lazos. Even the weather takes notice when Lioness appears, as if out of nowhere, waiting tables in a diner. As though compelled, a complicated family brings the young woman into their lives. Energetic Joanna, academic Abe, and lovelorn Lily each fall under Lioness's spell, and she in turn awakens their long-hidden dreams and desires. As an impossibly beautiful spring leads into a perfect summer, Lioness's influence only grows. But lingering in her past is a dark secret--and summer days must pass"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: San Francisco : Tachyon, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616962449
Branch Call Number: F BEAGL-P
Characteristics: 236 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Summer long


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Jun 18, 2019

In “Summerlong” Beagle brilliantly weaves ancient mythology into a contemporary setting. Here three characters of Greek mythology (Persephone, Demeter and Hades) come into the ordinary lives of three mortals and change them forever. The story is sad and a little disturbing as Beagle shows how the Greek Gods can manipulate and ensnare mortal beings while playing out their humanlike family struggles, completely insensitive to the havoc they wreak on the mortals’ lives.

Oct 26, 2018

i was actually hoping for a happy ending kind of story and/or to be swept away by some great supernatural kind of mystery, but i was a little disappointed. a little too much of the real world in this story for my taste.

lms Dec 29, 2016

This title will definitely appeal to fans of Beagle as well as Alice Hoffman and Robin McKinley. Beagle authentically captures the nuances of an adult couple's long established patterns in their relationship, as they come to grips with their mystical guest.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

Contemporary Fantasy. Over the course of decades, retired history professor Abe Aronson and flight attendant Joanna Delvecchio have built a relationship and a lifestyle that work for them. Mostly. When Lioness Lazos arrives in Puget Sound, their comfortable, if dull, lives are changed forever. After they discover that the young woman has no home, they offer her a place to live. They don't realize that their generosity will have far-reaching consequences. Leisurely paced and bittersweet, Summerlong may appeal to fans of the author's A Fine and Private Place, as well as Patricia McKillip's Kingfisher, which similarly infuses myth into modern life.


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