SUMMER FICTION SERIES

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Some of our favorite summer pastimes are out of reach this summer, but there’s still the chance to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading —with the help of New England Public Media’s annual local fiction series. Most Fridays on Morning Edition we feature an interview with an author from New England who has a new novel out for those lazy days in the sun. As the season progresses, you can hear each interview archived here and add to your summer reading list.

Debra Jo Immergut just published her third novel, "You Again."
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Author Debra Jo Immergut describes her third novel, "You Again," as part mystery, part thriller, part literary fiction.

Downtown Northampton, Massachusetts.
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The characters in Holyoke, Massachusetts, writer Sara Rauch's short stories largely live and work around western Massachusetts. But also in Vermont and California, and New York City after 9/11.

In her new collection, "What Shines from It," some characters make art. Some grapple with pregnancy. Others cheat on their partners — or get cheated on. They drink too much, get hurt and try to figure out life.

Eric Giroux, whose novel "Ring On Deli" is about a grocery store in an old Massachusetts mill town. Decades earlier, it had a pig farm, and now feral boars occasionally appear downtown.
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For his first novel, “Ring On Deli,” Eric Giroux used a bit of his own teen experience working at the local Market Basket, a family-owned New England grocery chain. 

Author Jennifer Rosner of Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Kicking off our annual summer ficiton series: a novel about a mother-daughter connection and the role of creativity and beauty in human survival. 

Author Brendan Mathews lives in Lenox, Massachusetts.
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A photographer documents her childhood friend's rise to fame. Foreign journalists try to adapt to life in a U.S. city. A clown pines for the love of a trapeze artist. These characters and more make up a new short story collection from Lenox, Massachusetts, author Brendan Mathews, called “This Is Not a Love Song.” 

Anne Frank's 1942 passport photo.
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The new novel "Annelies" retells the story of Anne Frank, the young Holocaust victim whose childhood diary became one of the most poignant records of the Nazi era.

Author Joan Livingston of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, is also the editor-in-chief at the Greenfield Recorder newspaper.
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Joan Livingston of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, has mashed up her actual profession with a measure of fiction and come up with her latest book. 

Jennifer Acker's first novel, "The Limits of the World," takes place in India, Africa and the U.S.
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Under British rule starting in the late 19th century, many thousands crossed the sea to Kenya from India. This history is central to Amherst, Massachusetts, writer Jennifer Acker's novel, "The Limits of the World."

Helen Cathcart operates an automatic shaper machine in the stocking shop at the Springfield Armory in August 1943.
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A new historical novel, "The Wartime Sisters," brings to light a community that thrived at the armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, during World War II.

 The poet January Gill O'Neil teaches at Salem State University and is head of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Her most recent collection is called "Rewilding."
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The poet January Gill O'Neil writes a lot about life after her divorce. That includes what she calls the ordinary, boring stuff. But her poems about a trip to the hardware store or a night roller-skating with her kids feel universal. 

Reverend Jane Willan of the First Congregational Church of Paxton, writes murder mysteries. She sometimes works on them in her church office.
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Jane Willan calls her novel a "comfortable detective story that elicits lots of cozy feelings." It kicks off our annual Summer Fiction Series.

A person walking through the sand.
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The latest book by Florence, Massachusetts, author Robert V.S. Redick is a fantasy tale about two brothers running for their lives through a desert during wartime. 

A Miami traffic jam.
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In most road-trip novels, characters walk or drive or sail as they look for answers to sometimes unanswerable questions.

South Hadley, Massachusetts author Enid Sichel holds her book, "Death And Turtles."
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Our summer fiction series continues with a mystery called "Death and Turtles." It takes place during the Depression -- 1934 -- in England. 

Northampton, Massachusetts, author Debra Jo Immergut.
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After years of editing a lifestyle magazine, Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Debra Jo Immergut has published her first novel. 

Andrea Lawlor.
Rescue Press

In Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel, "Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl," readers join the main character on a journey stretching from Provincetown to San Francisco.  

August Thomas at the Montague Bookmill.
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Author August Thomas spent a lot of time working on her latest novel at the independent bookstore in Montague, Massachusetts, called The Bookmill -- so that's where we met to talk to kick off our summer fiction series.

Judge Michael Ponsor, holding his first novel, "The Hanging Judge," which was published in 2013.
File photo / The Republican

When Springfield federal Judge Michael Ponsor semi-retired after three decades on the bench, he started to enjoy two privileges of part time work: He could choose the type of cases he wanted, and he had a lot more time for his other professional passion, fiction writing.

James Carse, at his home in Rowe, Mass.
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The next book in our summer fiction series took Rowe, Massachusetts, author James Carse five years to create, from start "to publish."

In his whodunit novel "PhDeath: The Puzzler Murders," the perp creates puzzles, and a group of academics solves them to learn the identity of the victim.

Author Zane Kotker lives in Northampton, Mass.
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In Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Zane Kotker's latest book, three widows in their early 70s deal with loneliness, fear of death, a condo association and internet dating.

"Goodnight, Ladies" is a 111-page novella, and the latest pick in our summer fiction series. 

Naila Moreira
Jermane Stephinger

We continue our summer fiction series with a form of literature that is not strictly "made up." 

The next pick for our summer fiction series is a cyber-thriller replete with a steamy romance. 

"My Immaculate Assassin" is by David Huddle, a poet, fiction writer and professor who lives in Burlington, Vermont.

We begin the 2017 summer fiction series with a heartfelt look at two world religious leaders.

The author is Roland Merullo from Williamsburg, Massachusetts, and his book is "The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama." 

Mike Kelly, head of archives and special collections at Amherst College, reads from the Melville Dewey archive.
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Summer begins next week, and so we'll be kicking off our Summer Fiction series. That's when New England Public Radio reporters interview local authors -- some of which have written so many books they can't remember how many.