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The Last Summer of the World: A Novel

The Last Summer of the World: A Novel

Emily Mitchell

ISBN: 978-0-393-33194-3

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320 pages

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In the summer of 1918, with the Germans threatening Paris, Edward Steichen arrives in France to photograph the war for the American army. There he finds a country filled with poignant memories for him: early artistic success, marriage, the birth of two daughters, and a love affair that divided his family. Told with elegance and transporting historical sensitivity, Emily Mitchell’s first novel captures the life of a great American artist caught in the reckoning of a painful past in a world beset by war.

“Her story, written with grace and precision, doesn’t want for scope, and Ms. Mitchell’s shrewd restraint lends her work a concentrated power.”—Mike Peed, New York Sun

“Dazzling ... a devastating portrait of the insanity of war.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review