*1/2 Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos

Summerlong is a summer book in both senses of the word: the action takes place in the summer, and it’s perfect for a summer read — so this review is a little late.

The central characters are a husband and wife with money and marital problems who discover that they may find happiness with others, and who messily stumble into other people’s hammocks, beds, pools, and garden shacks, while other tangled relationships come to light in a small college town. The story starts promisingly with chance encounters and well-observed reflections on marital frustrations, but turns increasingly grandiose and unlikely. It’s probably fine if you read it quickly, in the sun…


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