From high-stakes culinary competition in New Haven to a manhunt through autumn woods, every story in Eric Lehman’s The Foundation of Summer is a realistic but exceptional slice of life.—Bill Ectric, author of Tamper and Time Adjusters
“Whether his characters are collecting fiddleheads in Maine, swapping drinks in a Montreal bar, eating adventurously in New Haven, or speed-boating through stylish Westport, Eric D. Lehman turns words into palpable topography and architecture. In these well-crafted stories, people ‘at the mercy of forces we could never hope to challenge’ keep an abiding faith that ‘no trail followed to its end is useless.’ Vividly realized individuals confront dilemmas of personality and circumstance, finding themselves redeemed by experience despite unexpected and uninvited outcomes. Reading these stories leaves you feeling as if you’ve been to these places and met these people.”—David Leff, author of Finding the Last Hungry Heart
It's hard to take just a sip when the entire bottle is here for the taking: readers who love short stories with a sense of place and small-town personalities will want to move slowly until the last drop of the slow, lazy habits of a New England Fall replete with color, deep flavors and rich experiences is absorbed.—D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
The Foundation of Summer: New England Stories
A scholar forges a masterpiece, a drug dealer solves a mystery, two trackers chase each other through the space between the suburbs. Join the fanatics, impostors, murderers and fools who inhabit Eric D. Lehman’s The Foundation of Summer, as they search New England for a season of transcendence.