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That Summer in Maine
By Brianna Wolfson
Women's Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
June 23, 2020 by MIRA


A novel about mothers and daughters, about taking chances, about exploding secrets and testing the boundaries of family

Years ago, during a certain summer in Maine, two young women, unaware of each other, met a charismatic man at a craft fair and each had a brief affair with him. For Jane it was a chance to bury her recent pain in raw passion and redirect her life. For Susie it was a fling that gave her troubled marriage a way forward.

Now, sixteen years later, the family lives these women have made are suddenly upended when their teenage girls meet as strangers on social media. They concoct a plan to spend the summer in Maine with the man who is their biological father. Their determination puts them on a collision course with their mothers, who must finally meet and acknowledge their shared past and join forces as they risk losing their only daughters to a man they barely know.

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Author Interview

Q: What message do you hope readers take away from That Summer in Maine?

A: I hope readers consider, and reconsider, the role of blood in their relationships to their family.

Q: What's the story behind the story/how you came to write this novel?

A: I come from a mixed family and feel that it is an extremely important part of my identity. As a result, I find myself talking to a lot of people about their family setup and experiences play a role in their identity. Through those conversions, I learned just how many people have non-blood immediate family members and wanted to tell a story that reflected a different flavor of family structure.

Q: Do you have any specific writing rituals (outfit, snacks, pen,music, etc)?

A: Every morning! It’s just like going to the gym; the more you write, the easier it gets and the more you can do.

Q: Which character do you most relate to in this novel and why?

A: I think every character has a little bit of every writer in them. Same is true here!

Q: What can you tell us about your next project?

A: I’m considering something non-fiction, actually. To my response above, I really enjoy hearing about people’s lived family experiences and hope I can do something with those kinds of stories one day.

Q: Why Maine?

A: Maine is a magical place. It has so much physical beauty (especially the lakes and trees in the summer) while also having some mystique. I thought it was a ripe setting for an adventure.

Q: What would you do if you discovered a sibling you never knew you had?

A: Give them a big hug and welcome them to my already wacky family.

About the Author

Brianna Wolfson is a New York native living in San Francisco. Her narrative nonfiction has been featured on Medium, Upworthy and The Moth. She buys a lottery ticket every Friday.

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