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Author Howorth, Lisa, author.

Title Summerlings : a novel / Lisa Howorth.

Publication Info. New York : Doubleday, [2019]


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 GDL Central Library Fiction  New Shelf  HOWORTH,LIS    Available
 PAS Central Library Fiction  New Shelf  FIC HOWORTH,L    Available
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1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
Edition First edition
Description 243 pages ; 20 cm
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Summary "It's the summer of 1959. For the handful of families who live on Connors Lane, a stone's throw from the Washington Monument, life is still largely defined by what one did during the war. Behind each freshly painted door lives the family of a diplomat, a supposed spook, a former Nazi sympathizer, or someone who escaped the conflagration in Europe just in time. The Cold War is in high gear, and neighborhood tensions are powered by lingering suspicions and resentments. But it is also the summer of an inexplicable spider infestation--surely evidence of "insect warfare" by the Russians, thinks our young narrator John, and his best friends, Ivan and Max. When a rare, scorpion-like creature is captured and sequestered for further study, the boys, along with their tomboy friend, Beatriz, hatch a risky midnight plan to sneak into the Natural History Museum and steal the creature for themselves. At the same time, under the tutelage of Ivan's glamorous aunt Elena, they decide to forge a spirit of bonhomie in the neighborhood by throwing a party in John's grandparents' backyard. Fueled by rum-doctored punch and fireworks, the adults let down their defenses until Elena, already a lightning rod for her swinging social life and outspokenness on behalf of refugees, roars off with a stranger on his motorcycle. What happens when she returns home later that night will change John's life forever."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 241).
Subject Families -- Fiction.
Cold War -- Fiction.
Spiders -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Bildungsromans.
Historical fiction.
ISBN 9780385544641 (hardback)
0385544642 (hardback)
9780385544658 (ebook)

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