The Summer They Came

The Summer They Came There was a time when the seaside town of Long Spit was known only to a few wealthy families and a straggle of New England beachgoers But when gay developers from Man hattan searching for a new place

  • Title: The Summer They Came
  • Author: William Storandt
  • ISBN: 9780375759093
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • There was a time when the seaside town of Long Spit was known only to a few wealthy families and a straggle of New England beachgoers But when gay developers from Man hattan, searching for a new place for summer shares and tea dances, get a look at its gently curving beaches, they hatch an ingenious plan to transform the sleepy Rhode Island hideaway into the next gay hotsThere was a time when the seaside town of Long Spit was known only to a few wealthy families and a straggle of New England beachgoers But when gay developers from Man hattan, searching for a new place for summer shares and tea dances, get a look at its gently curving beaches, they hatch an ingenious plan to transform the sleepy Rhode Island hideaway into the next gay hotspot If only someone would tell the townsfolk.As a contingent of gym buffed and cell phone toting vacationers descends on the village, some locals are outraged, others strangely titillated Hollis Wynbourne, a reclusive antiques dealer and longtime subject of gossip, is drawn from his cocoon by the sight of sunbathing beauties wealthy Wesley Herndon suddenly finds the town overrun with his two favorite attractions, frisky hunks and yachts of pedigree and Anthony, a callow eighteen year old, embarks on a sentimental education he never expected to get in his own backyard An uproarious send up of both small town provincialism and the absurdities of contemporary gay life, The Summer They Came will capture you with its portrait of a town you thought you knew, run amuck.

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    1. A slightly dated yet fun read about the creation of a fictional next gay mecca. The writing was solid and smooth. The way that Mr. Storandt wove all of the small stories of the residents and new comers together gave the story the energy to plow on through to the end. It felt real and each character counted. Don't go looking for explicit sex because it was all implied perfectly. Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea but I sure had fun reading this gem.

    2. My ex read this book years ago and complained how out of touch it was with modern gay life. I approached with hesitation expecting to be bored to tears but instead found a surprisingly lovely experience. It’s never meant to be a realistic tale. It’s really a gentle, character piece about what happens to a small Rhode Island town when it suddenly and calculatedly becomes the next Gay summer Mecca. It’s a fun read but in a quiet, smart way. The book shifts narratives between many of the town [...]

    3. I didn't know what I was getting myself into before I started reading this book. However, it was kind of like a train wreck - I couldn't not finish reading it. It was OK but I wouldn't recommend it.

    4. I didn't know what I was getting myself into before I started reading this book. However, it was kind of like a train wreck - I couldn't not finish reading it. It was OK but I wouldn't recommend it.

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