Orion Fiction HB January £12.99 384pp 978 1 4091 5537 9 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 4091 5540 9
A powerful fictionalised account of the most intense hurricane to ever make landfall in the US.
VANESSA LAFAYE Summertime
Tensions simmer in a small town divided by race in this fictionalised account of the Labor Day Hurricane, published in the year of its 80th anniversary. Florida, 1935, and the residents of Heron Key are preparing for the 4th July barbecue. In the early hours of the morning, a woman is found halfbeaten to death. As whites turn on blacks, the finger of suspicion points at one man. And while wild accusations are made, far over the Atlantic a tropical storm changes direction and turns towards Florida, increasing in speed by the second. The hurricane beacons are lit along the Keys and the town folk prepare themselves as they always do, unaware that the approaching storm is beyond anything they have ever experienced. In one night, Heron Key will change for ever . . . Vanessa Lafaye grew up in Tampa, Florida, but has lived in the UK since 1987. Summertime is her first novel, meticulously researched and sharply written.
Orion Fiction • January 2015
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