Community Book Discussions: The Summer We Got Free by mia mckenzie


The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, in partnership with Lehigh University's Humanities Center, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Pride Center, and Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative, presents a community book discussion on mia mckenzie's novel The Summer We Got Free, winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction.

Join us on November 14th at 6:30pm for a facilitated discussion with Professor Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, about the book. Thanks to generous support from Lehigh University's Digital Humanities Program, there are 20 free copies of Mckenzie's book available to the community for people who sign up early. Email [email protected] to sign up. 

 At one time a wild young girl and a brilliant artist, Ava Delaney changes dramatically after a violent event that rocks her entire family. Once loved and respected in their community and in their church, they are ostracized by their neighbors, led by their church leader, and a seventeen-year feud between the Delaneys and the church ensues. Ava and her family are displaced from the community even as they continue to live within it, trapped inside their creaky, shadowy old house. When a mysterious woman arrives unexpectedly for a visit, her presence stirs up the past and ghosts and other restless things begin to emerge. And something is reignited in Ava: the indifferent woman she has become begins to give way to the wild girl, and the passionate artist, she used to be. But not without a struggle that threatens her well-being and, ultimately, her life

This is a sober social event. No alcohol will be served.

November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Will you come?