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The Summer of Apartment X

The Summer of Apartment X

(1999)
A Novella by

 
Lesley Choyce&#146s novella The Summer of Apartment X is a beach book for grownups who remember how they got that way. Fred Winger and his two buddies, Richard and Brian, intend to take the beach resort town by storm. It&#146s the fateful summer between high school and university, early 1970s version. Equipped with two barely mobile cars and a seized-up MG motor, around which Richard wants to build an entire sports car, they plan to rent a suave apartment, get cool jobs, meet girls, and lose their virginity. Dream and reality diverge immediately. 307 1/2 Hibiscus Street is an old triplex subdivided for summer tenants into a self-contained ghetto. The only window in Apartment X is in the kitchenette, and the entrance is through the outdoor shower used by the entire building. The friends find work: Brian cleans the parking lot and grill of a grease-encrusted burger joint, and Richard preens himself on his lofty - though brief - position as a lifeguard. Fred replaces the drunken usher at the Queen Theatre, where monsters slavering over shrieking blondes and Annette Funicello&#146s bursting brassiere entertain necking teens and &#147pervs" too timid to patronize real porn flicks. Fred&#146s feelings for his chameleon girlfriend lurch from love to lust to horror, depending on whether she&#146s demurely selling movie tickets, acting out erotic fantasies about saving the world on the back seat of a school bus, or sharing the shower with Brian. The Summer of Apartment X lurks in everyone&#146s past: the first foray beyond the view of elders, the first attempt at self-support, the shocking recognition that adulthood involves more than sand, sex, and cars. Lesley Choyce recreates this exhilarating terror in the Technicolor of a B-movie poster, nostalgia undercut at every turn by ebullient humour.

 
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Paperback Editions

June 1999 : Canada Paperback
Title: The Summer of Apartment X
Author(s): Lesley Choyce
ISBN: 0-86492-270-1 / 978-0-86492-270-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
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Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Summer of Apartment X
Author(s): Lesley Choyce
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
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