“A Summer of Good-Byes”
East Stroudsburg, PA
Fred Misurella has published three novels–Only Sons, Arrangement in Black and White, and A Summer of Good-Byes–as well as a book of short stories, Lies to Live By, and a novella, Short Time. His essays on Primo Levi appear in The Legacy of Primo Levi and Answering Auschwitz. Other nonfiction has appeared in Partisan Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review, as well as other journals. He is the current book review editor for VIA (Voices in Italian Americana), a Fulbright Scholar, and graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.
About "A Summer of Good-Byes"
Ben and Lee Alto follow Van Gogh’s 19th century path to Provence, hoping to find inspiration for their own lives and give their son, Misha, insight into a world completely different from their own. They find art, of course, and a world of beautiful landscapes, warm temperatures, and, yes, wonderful food. But they also find a ghost of their past, and it’s not Vincent Van Gogh, but a woman Ben once loved and a man, Zach, a well-known jazz musician, who teaches them hard lessons about art and life, as well as the art of life. A Summer of Good-Byes is a vital, romantic story filled with the tensions of love and marriage, sexual longing and family loyalty, and the struggle to live in the face of impending death and loss.