Summer Reading, Anyone?

7.21.2010

By Nick Stergiopoulos

We’re already one month into summer, and by this point
you might be feeling guilty for not having picked up a novel. Here’s one to add to your reading list.

Lake
Overturn
, the second work by Out 100 honoree Vestal McIntyre, recently came out in paperback. The lovely novel, a portrait of what it's like to be gay in a small town dominated by cowboy culture and conservative Christianity, was the recipient of the Lambda Book Award for Best Gay Fiction.

From the back cover:

Eula, Idaho, has never seen a battle, an earthquake, or a Democrat in City Hall. Yet life here is anything but simple.

Lina's angry son Jesus has recently returned to the trailer park after living with wealthy white foster parents. Her younger son Enrique and his best friend, Gene -- who lives in a neighboring trailer with his very Christian mother, Connie -- are misfits who cling to their studies in the face of schoolyard cruelties. Determined to win the statewide science fair, Enrique and Gene devise an experiment involving "lake overturn," a phenomenon in which deadly gases erupt from a lake's depths...

The novel was also a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

-- NICK STERGIOPOULOS

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