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Shoulder Season

Christina Clancy

Warwick’s presents
Christina Clancy
in conversation with Sarah Z. Sleeper

Shoulder Season

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 5:30pm PDT

Shoulder Season
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This is a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Thursday, July 15th at 5:30pm PDT Warwick's will host Christina Clancy as she discusses her new book, Shoulder Season, in conversation with Sarah Z. Sleeper. Christina Clancy is the author of The Second Home. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine and in various literary journals, including Glimmer Train, Pleiades and Hobart. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Madison, WI with her family.

The small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she's ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life.

Living in the "bunny hutch" - Playboy's version of a college dorm - Sherri gets her education in the joys of sisterhood, the thrill of financial independence, the magic of first love, and the heady effects of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But as spring gives way to summer, Sherri finds herself caught in a romantic triangle - and the tragedy that ensues will haunt her for the next forty years.

From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose - and gain - when we leave home. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart.

Sarah Z. Sleeper's first novel, Gaijin, came out in 2020 to glowing reviews. She received her MFA in 2012, and prior to that had a twenty-year career as a reporter, winning three journalism awards. Her short story, “A Few Innocuous Lines,” won an award from Writer’s Digest. Her non-fiction essay, “On Getting Vivian,” was published in The Shanghai Literary Review. Her poetry was exhibited at the Bellarmine Museum and published in A Year in Ink and others. Today, she's hard at work on her second novel.

Shoulder Season: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250239631
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 6th, 2021