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Summer Fun

Jeanne Thornton


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From acclaimed author Jeanne Thornton, an epic, singular look at fandom, creativity, longing, and trans identity

Gala, a young trans woman, works at a hostel in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She is obsessed with the Get Happies, the quintessential 1960s Californian band, helmed by its resident genius, B----. Why did the band stop making music? Why did they never release their rumored album, Summer Fun?

Gala writes letters to B---- that shed light not only on the Get Happies, but paint an extraordinary portrait of Gala. The parallel narratives of B---- and Gala form a dialogue about creation—of music, identity, self, culture, and counterculture.

Summer Fun is an epic and magical work of trans literature that marks Thornton as one of our most exciting and original novelists.

Praise For Summer Fun

Praise for Jeanne Thornton

Dr. Bantam is pure Americana, cinematic and idly mean. It’s lush and trashy. I guess it’s the most graphic-novelly feeling book about loss I can think of. It’s all punk heart, messily thudding.”
—Eileen Myles, author of Chelsea Girls
“The gorgeousness of Thornton’s writings help sustain the worlds she creates . . . That’s the kind of seductiveness these stories have. In reading them, you become strange and dreamy in the same way they are.”
—Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby

“Jeanne has this way of writing self-consciousness inside these perfect, self-contained worlds with signifiers that make them seem like they are the world we live in but if that world were . . . I don’t even know exactly. Mystifying and uncomfortable and bulging with complicated, contradictory feeling just below the surface of everything.”
—Imogen Binnie, author of Nevada

Soho Press, 9781641292382

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

About the Author

Jeanne Thornton is the author of the novel The Dream of Doctor Bantam and the collection The Black Emerald, both shortlisted for the Lambda Literary award. She is also the publisher of the independent press Instar Books and the writer and illustrator of the webcomics, Bad Mother and The Man Who Hates Fun. She is a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction and has been published in Wired, n+1, and The Evergreen Review.