Hot Season (Paperback)

By Susan DeFreitas

Harvard Square Editions, 9781941861288, 212pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2016



In the tinder-dry Southwest, three roommates—students at Deep Canyon College, known for its radical politics—are looking for love, adventure, and the promise of a bigger life that led them West.

But when the FBI comes to town in pursuit of an alum wanted for “politically motivated crimes of property,” rumor has it that undercover agents are enrolled in classes, making the college dating scene just a bit more sketchy than usual.

Katie, an incoming freshman, will discover a passion for activism that will put her future in jeopardy; Jenna, in her second semester, will find herself seduced by deception; and Rell, a senior, will discover her voice, her calling, and love where she least expects it.

About the Author

Born and raised in rural west Michigan, Susan DeFreitas spent fourteen years in the high country of Arizona before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 2009. An author, editor, and educator, her work has been featured in over 30 magazines, journals, and anthologies.

Praise For Hot Season

A beautiful book that asks the crucial question, is it worse to destroy a dam or to destroy a river? Which is to say, how do we live our conscience on a crowded, corrupted planet?
—Monica Drake, author of The Folly of Loving Life

Hot Season, Susan DeFreitas’s finely wrought debut novel, explores the charged terrain where the youthful search for identity meets environmental activism and the romantic, illicit lure of direct action. A compelling book.
—Cari Luna, Oregon Book Award winner, author of The Revolution of Every Day

Susan DeFreitas’s provocative novel asks big questions—not only about water rights and the importance of riparian corridors in the West, but about what it means to fight for the natural world. Young and idealistic, her characters are vulnerable, intricately rendered, and utterly engaging. Hot Season is a knockout.
—Michaela Carter, author of Further Out Than You Thought

In Susan DeFreitas’s riveting debut, the desert landscape looms large over the dreams and desires of three friends contending with big questions—such as who to love, who to trust, and what to sacrifice for the greater good. A tale of youth, lust, and activism, Hot Season is a beguiling college novel in the tradition of The Secret History.
—Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave

The characters of Susan DeFreitas’s exuberant new novel populate the American Southwest with wit and pathos. Half collegiate romp and half impassioned plea, Hot Season is a heartfelt debut that will grip readers with the fervor of first love.
—Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, author of Froelich's Ladder

In Hot Season, Susan DeFreitas debuts a striking novel that reaches beyond its Southwestern landscape and touches on the universal. Her activist characters are driven equally—and compellingly—by their passions and their flaws, and the resulting narrative is one that’s lustful, political, tremendous fun, and unafraid of tackling difficult questions.
—Tracy Manaster, author of You Could Be Home by Now