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The Gypsy Moth Summer: A Novel Paperback – June 5, 2018
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About the Author
JULIA FIERRO is the author of the novels The Gypsy Moth Summer and Cutting Teeth. Her work has been published in Buzzfeed, Glamour, The Millions, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Julia founded The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, a creative home to more than 3,500 writers in NYC, Los Angeles and online, in 2002.
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I was so caught up in the story and the depth of the characters both young and old. Even with my intense aversion to bugs of any kind, and nervous just at the thought of reading about them, I loved how the gypsy moths were placed throughout each chapter and simultaneously woven into the story.
The elder statesman and his wife Veronica have come back to Avalon Island to tend to company business, that he, the Colonel, was in charge of. His daughter and son in law, both a wreck in their separate ways, are clueless as to why they are back in town. As are the rest of the island residents. The Colonel is a mean son-of-a-gun and his wife is a force to be reckoned with. Their grandchildren, Maddie and Dom, are each trying to escape from their own demons. Enter the daughter of the Admiral who was the Colonel’s predecessor, and her African American husband, along with their two children. Upon their first appearance in town, their presence is not welcome in this all white island that is frozen in time, a time in the way back, where lawn jockeys are commonplace and racism is on full display.
Without giving too much away, THE GYPSY MOTH SUMMER is a bit Romeo and Juliet, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and West Side Story. There is much more familial dysfunction, which makes it that much more disturbing, as well as that much more interesting to read.
Your summer won’t be complete without reading this book.
I was in a bad mood for days after reading it.
And living on Long Island, NY my entire life, I did not find it realistic at all.
Good screenplay for network TV melodrama or a Lifetime movie though.
Hits all the important social causes.