Summer in the Land of Skin

By Jody Gehrman
(Red Dress Ink, Paperback, 9780373250660, 320pp.)

Publication Date: August 2004

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Twenty-five-year-old Anna--blond, famished and emotionally numb--is following the long-cold trail of her father, a celebrated luthier, whose death has always haunted her. She has tracked his former business partner to a houseboat on Bellingham Bay, determined to prize from the old man the secrets of their guitar-making trade, and maybe a few answers about her father. Anna catches an echo of her musical father in Arlen, guitar player for a local band. Soon she's living on his sofa and hanging but with his girlfriend. And if Anna's new friends do drugs, read her journal and leave open a few too many bedroom doors, who's to say they aren't real friends? And if Anna has feelings for Arlen, who's to say where her loyalty lies? During a single summer's worth of days, gin-soaked and colored with longing, Anna rediscovers her senses, shut down since her father's death, and finds that the only way to get free of her past is to embrace it.
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