Dean Bakopoulos is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Please Don't Come Back From the Moon (Transworld, 2006) and My American Unhappiness (HMH, 2011). He is the writer-in-residence of English at Grinnell College, and lives in Iowa.
Summerlong is both smart and satisfying * Metro U.S. * Bakopoulos is very much his own writer, and it is his distinct humanity and sense of humor that make this story so emotionally rewarding. This is that rare, contemporary suburban novel with characters the reader can actually embrace in spite of their many flaws * Publishers Weekly * Provocative, sultry...the novel stays light on its feet; its breezy chapters are laced with sex and humor...between the louche vibe and matriarchal presence, the novel often feels like Armistead Maupin's San Francisco teleported to the Midwest * Kirkus * Tennessee Williams has nothing on Bakopoulos when it comes to marital and moral dissipation... Into this emotional abyss Bakopoulos injects a high degree of coy humor and wry self-deprecation to deliver a heartbreaking and wise ... A sure hit with fans of the three Jonathans: Dee, Franzen, and Tropper * Booklist, starred review * Dean Bakopoulos has written the funniest, saddest, sultriest, most profound account of love gone wrong and right you'll encounter this year. Summerlong is the novel everyone will be reading all summer long, the beach read you've been waiting for-one that sweeps you away with its story while impressing you with its insightful intelligence and stylistic elegance * Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon * Beyond the muggy weather, Bakopoulos, writer-in-residence at Grinnell College, conjures the milky mood of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with pot and booze substituting for fairy dust and lovers entwined with the wrong person... Lord, what fools these mortals be! And what fun to see them in action * Seattle Times * All the threads Bakopoulos has been expertly weaving suddenly begin to connect, and suddenly everything fits in a way that is as dazzling as the firefires that dot the shore, bringing a sense of absolute wonder and even a kind of hope * San Francisco Chronicle * There is no better guide through a hot summer in the heartland than Dean Bakopoulos...Lovers chasing all over the joint, the glorious wreckage, and Bakopoulos with his keen eye, his sympathy and his wit, there to see all * Jane Hamilton * Summer gets weird in a Midwestern town when married couples start behaving recklessly - as if, my God, they're not married at all! Bakopoulos...uses the adults' bizarre behavior to examine ideas about marriage, happiness and that oh-so-slim line between fantasy and infidelity * Miami Herald * Summerlong is Dean Bakopoulos at his finest: daringly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and forever on the watch for redemption. This is a book for any season, any reader, anywhere - it shimmers with magic, lust, and love * Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs * Dean Bakopoulos is a great talent - everything he writes is full of insight and inspiration and the best kind of divine comedy * Lorrie Moore * [A] sexy but surprisingly poignant new novel...Bakopoulos's greatest talent is his ability to mix ribald comedy with heartfelt sorrow * Ron Charles, Washington Post * A couple in a crumbling marriage find themselves entwined with two lost 20-somethings during a hot, sticky Iowan summer... Dean Bakopoulos, who lives in Iowa himself, crafts a surprisingly steamy Midwestern landscape and a set of characters who will do anything to stay afloat as their lives fall apart * Esquire * A witty read about likeable people behaving badly * People magazine * For a novel steeped in marital atrophy and midlife ennui, Summerlong offers plenty of humor in unexpected moments * New York Times * Summerlong is the Great White Midlife Crisis novel that Jonathan Franzen has tried to write (and failed) and Jonathan Lethem has tried to write (and failed) and Michael Chabon (wisely) half-avoided ever trying to write. But Dean Bakopoulos pulls it off * NPR.org *