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Gypsy Moth Summer

(2017)
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It is the summer of 1992 and a gypsy moth invasion blankets Avalon Island. Ravenous caterpillars disrupt early summer serenity on Avalon, an islet off the coast of Long Island-dropping onto novels left open on picnic blankets, crawling across the T-shirts of children playing games of tag and capture the flag. The caterpillars become a relentless topic of island conversation and the inescapable soundtrack of the season. It is also the summer Leslie Day Marshall-only daughter of Avalon's most prominent family-returns with her husband, a botanist, and their children to live in "The Castle," the island's grandest estate. Leslie's husband Jules is African-American, and their children biracial, and islanders from both sides of the tracks form fast and dangerous opinions about the new arrivals. Maddie Pencott LaRosa straddles those tracks: a teen queen with roots in the tony precincts of East Avalon and the crowded working class corner of West Avalon, home to Grudder Aviation factory, the island's bread-and-butter. Maddie falls in love with Brooks, Leslie's and Jules's son, and that love feels as urgent to Maddie as the questions about the new and deadly cancers showing up across the island. Could Grudder Aviation, the pride of the island-and its patriarch, the Colonel-be to blame?

Genre: Literary Fiction    

"Julia Fierro weaves a riveting, tragic novel of place from an Island's unspoken past. Vividly drawn characters and startling scenes of joy, confrontation and regret are set against the surreal background of Gypsy Moths devouring trees, Clinton-era racial tensions, a deeply ingrained military industrial complex, and the conflicted societal and familial need to belong at all costs. Fierro's masterful second novel draws us close, makes us its confidante, and then delivers hard and violent truths about the Island's legacy of denial." - Scott Blackwood

"This novel shakes and stirs family saga and summer romance upside down. The irresistible story-telling brings to life each character and Fierro doesn't just observe, she knows...Like all great novelists, she gives us the world." - Amy Bloom

"Julia Fierro's The Gypsy Moth Summer is a deeply satisfying tale of family, first love, and home. The world of Avalon Island is lush, inviting, and deeply complicated, full of the same contradictions that we grapple with day to day. It's a meditation on what makes a community and a reminder that the past is never past and home is a place that is both beautiful and heartbreaking." - Kaitlyn Greenidge

"Masterpiece is often a word that is casually tossed around, but it fits Fierro's work, which is so richly alive, so poetic, it is truly Shakespearean tragedy. I had a sense of wonder that someone could craft a novel as perfect as this one, but then I remembered this is a Julia Fierro novel, so the only answer to that wonder is of course, of course, of course, she could?and she did." - Caroline Leavitt

"Julia Fierro's second book is a luminous, urgent novel about the forces that shape us all: where we grow up; whether we are loved by our parents or understood by our peers; how class, power, and money may cast our fates. With gathering awe, I found in Avalon Island's richly depicted society a microcosm of our own. I rooted for the lovers at the thrumming heart of The Gypsy Moth Summer with the hungry turn of every page." - Sophie McManus

"The Gypsy Moth Summer plunges the reader into a hazy, hot daydream of hidden truth, scandal, and racial prejudice. With bold strokes, Julia Fierro creates a vivid world where privilege and class are merely a veneer to distract from the cracks beneath the surface." - Jodi Picoult

"In her hugely engaging novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, Julia Fierro brings a light touch to bear on the most important subjects: social class, race, family, generational conflict, anger and forgiveness. It is a sterling example of how fiction can entertain us and at the same time inspire us to think about the things we urgently need to consider, now more than ever." - Francine Prose

"Julia Fierro's marvelous The Gypsy Moth Summer is a novel to slowly savor, settling in with her characters as you would old friends, cherishing every sentence, every turn of plot. Rarely does one encounter a novel this entertaining, which also speaks to the complicated truths about race and class at the heart of our country's tangled history." - Joanna Rakoff

"The Gypsy Moth Summer gathers all of life in its wonderfully confident reach: the buzzing energy of youth, the fraught hope of adulthood, the remorseless clarity of old age. Fierro's thoroughly entertaining storytelling doesn't prevent her from taking on weighty subjects like race and class in America or delivering a rebuke of the lives of privilege that she chronicles with such anthropological accuracy. We are deeply invested in these characters around whom an air of tragic destiny hangs, and the pages fly by as the book hurtles toward its devastating conclusion." - Matthew Thomas


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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Gypsy Moth Summer: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fierro
ISBN: 1-250-08751-1 / 978-1-250-08751-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: The Gypsy Moth Summer: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fierro
ISBN: 1-250-08752-X / 978-1-250-08752-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

September 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Gypsy Moth Summer: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fierro
ISBN: 1-5414-1307-5 / 978-1-5414-1307-8
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Gypsy Moth Summer: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fierro
ISBN: 1-5414-6307-2 / 978-1-5414-6307-3
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Gypsy Moth Summer: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fierro
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Gypsy Moth Summer: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Fierro
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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