Untied. If you read Dean Bakopoulos’ novel, Summerlong, you may never again think of the Midwest and Iowa as boring and conservative places. The summer heat leads to the loosening of marriage and relationship ties, and sadness and humor cross each other with every sunrise and sunset. The characters are real and flawed, just like us. Children and parents are both confused as the recklessness of behavior increases. Desire is a powerful thing, and Bakopoulos’ fine writing draws it out with wit and sorrow.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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