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How to Survive a Summer

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How to Survive a Summer by Nick White
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    Jun 06, 2017 | 352 Pages

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    Jun 06, 2017 | 352 Pages

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“Clear and moving, revealing White’s talent in evoking the complexities of the rural South.”
Publishers Weekly

“Nick White’s How to Survive a Summer is radiant with contradiction: it’s a story about facing up to a devastating past that’s often laugh-out-loud funny; a book about terrible violence that’s lit with the redemptive force of love. In documenting the consequences and inhumane costs of conversion therapy, White has given us a new and exuberantly queer Southern Gothic.”
Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

“While reading Nick White’s How to Survive a Summer, I found myself nodding along with White’s remarkably accurate depictions not just of the conversion therapy practices many of us survivors know all too well but also of the years of denial and humor we hid behind in an effort to put the past thoroughly behind us. At turns funny and moving, White’s novel is an essential catharsis.”
Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

“How to Survive a Summer
is an enthralling debut novel that deals with the controversial subject of gay conversion therapy and its cruel effect on a teenage boy . . . a suspenseful story about redemption and survival.”
John Rechy, author of City of Night and of After the Blue Hour

“[A] spellbinding debut novel [that] is both terrifying and timely. Will Dillard is an endearing character and his journey—both physical and emotional—is incredibly moving. The suspense will urge you to read faster but the skillful language needs to be savored.” 
Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life 

“How to Survive a Summer is ablaze with urgency and insight, an audacious revelation of a novel. ”
Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

“How to Survive a Summer’s Will Dillard had a childhood that would be right at home in the lush queer landscapes of an early Capote novel, and Nick White’s remarkable debut handles that territory with humor and horror. Add to that the trauma of religiously-informed conversion therapy and a campy slasher movie, and you have a Southern Gothic coming-of-gayge that kept me speed-reading into the night.”
Emily Danforth, author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post

“Nick White shows us that the ghosts of the present need exorcising no less than those of the past. How to Survive a Summer is a sharp, powerful debut novel about coming of age and coming to terms—with family, heritage, violence, loss, and finally with ourselves.”
—Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever

“Call it a psychological thriller or a deeply felt chronicle of childhood trauma or a bold query into an identity crisis. No matter how you categorize the novel, How to Survive a Summer is a winning debut, and Nick White is a powerful, fearless, cerebral writer.”
 —Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands

“A writer of enormous gifts, Nick White doesn’t flinch.  His sure-handed, beautifully-written debut novel How to Survive a Summer is very much a tale for these tumultuous times, and it’s also a book that I expect will be re-read and savored for many years to come.”
Steve Yarbrough, author of The Realm of Last Chances

How to Survive a Summer [is] not so much about self-formation as about the courage and humor it takes to go back and rebuild the foundations of your own life. . . . this is a beautiful and timely debut.” 
—Rebecca Makkai, author of Music for Wartime

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