Little, Brown and Company
On Sale: April 17, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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Literature and Fiction Literary | Humor
A debut novel about an imaginative girl in the year
following her parents' divorce, and what happens when her
creeping premonition that something terrible will happen
comes true in the most unexpected of ways.
The year is 1988, and America is full of broken homes. EVERY
OTHER WEEKEND drops us into the sun-scorched suburbs of
southern California, amid Bret Michaels mania and Cold War
hysteria, with Nenny, a wildly precocious, nervous nelly of
an eight-year-old, as our guide to the newly rearranged life
she finds herself leading after her parents split.
Nenny and her mother and two brothers have just moved in
with her new stepfather and his two kids. Her old life
replaced by this new configuration, Nenny's natural
anxieties intensify, and both real and imagined dangers
entwine: earthquakes and home invasions, ghosts of her
stepfather's days in Vietnam, Gorbachev knocking down the
door of her third grade class and recruiting them all into
the Red Army. Knock-kneed and a little stormy-eyed, she is
far too small for the thoughts that haunt her, yet her fears
are not entirely unfounded. Indeed, tragedy does come, but
it comes at her sideways, in a way she never had imagined.
With an irresistible voice, Summerfield has managed to tap
the very truth of what it is to have been a child of her
generation, bottle it, and serve it up in devastating,
hilarious, heartfelt doses. EVERY OTHER WEEKEND beautifully
and unsettlingly captures the terrible wisdom that children
often possess, as well as the surprising ways in which
families fracture and reform.
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