For Jeremy Stull, community means Ironwood, a summer camp in the Vermont woods. First as a camper, then as assistant director, Jeremy has found in Ironwood's rituals a sturdy foundation for his life. But when he is blindsided by the seductive charm of Max, a 14-year-old boy from Manhattan, all arms and legs and attitude, Jeremy must confront both his own confusing desires and a legacy of disturbing secrets at his beloved sanctuary. Extraordinary prose and daring material mark a spectacular and involving read.
Michael Lowenthal is the author of The Same Embrace. He has published stories in numerous anthologies and teaches writing at Boston College.