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by Lisa Stocker

In this novel, Lisa Stocker follows the adventures of two lesbian couples who escape to the fun and sun of Provincetown, only to find that a week among the beautiful and the butch, the needy and the needling, brings more drama and trauma than they bargained for.
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ISBN: 0758202970
ISBN13: 978-0758202970
Category: Gay and Lesbian
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Lisa Stocker
Language: English
Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (June 1, 2004)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1446 kb
FB2 size: 1667 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 151
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If you like stereotypical pseudo romance with a lesbian twist this might be a novel for you. The descriptions of Providence are certainly full but the plot and characters get repetitive very quickly. I never got invested enough to care about Claire and Rita or Kit and Sabi to wonder if someone might cheat or with whom. I also didn't care much when their straight friend Diane experiences some orientation confusion. Everything in this story just seemed to be surface level with minor attempts to dig deeper that just are not enough to keep me interested.
A summer spent in Provincetown means long walks on beautiful beaches, cool drinks under a hot sun, tacky souvenirs, crowded streets that somehow still remain pleasant, and sleep lulled by foghorns. In short, it means a good time.
A couple of days spent reading this book means you will certainly lose a few brain cells thanks to the mindless plot and poor dialogue.
The book sells itself as a fun, summer-type of read that details what happens when two couples head the Provincetown for a week of fun. During the first few obligatory "road trip" chapters, I think the foursome must deal with a flat tire, but the writing is so bland I cannot be sure.
Once they hit Provincetown, the women begin drinking, arguing, flirting and drinking some more. Here's where the terrible dialogue hits its full stride. Every character speaks in the same voice, a voice that requires constant use of the phrase "you guys" (when referring to each other) and lots of (!!!!!!) exclamation points to make up for a lack of anything worth exclaiming over.
Toward the end there is a drawn-out "mystery" plot about what happened to the group's supposedly-straight friend. I'm sure this storyline was needed because, like most people, I definitely start freaking out if a friend of mine disappears for a few hours while ON VACATION. Ludicrous.
I couldn't actually bring myself to finish the book, it was that bad. Maybe the last 30 or so pages are brilliant, but I'm doubtful.
I almost bought this book during a recent trip to Provincetown. Thankfully my girlfriend, who is not so prone to impulse-buying, read the first page and wisely cautioned me against it. I checked it out from the library instead. If you absolutely must read this book for some reason, I recommend doing the same. Save your $16.10 instead for dinner at Tofu-A-Go-Go, one of my favorite restaurants in Ptown.
For a compelling, intelligent read, check out "Light, Coming Back" by Ann Wadsworth, or "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters.
If you need a dose of Provincetown during these cold winter months, read "The Men From the Boys" by William Mann or "Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown" by Michael Cunningham.
"The Big House: A Century of Life in an American Summer Home" by George Howe Colt, is an outstanding nonfiction book about an old home on Cape Cod.
I was looking for a fun summer read, and PTown Summer did the trick. The beginning takes a little patience to get into, with many new characters being introduced. But, stick with it and you'll be left with a few fun twists and an anticipation for a gay town vacation. I enjoyed being let into the relationships of the different couples and related to the complexities, yet absolute normalcy of being in a relationship with a woman. It was fun being let into the jealousies, moments of intimacy, and daily behaviors of these couples. I'd love to see more lesbian chick lit beach reads!
Why this book was published is beyond me. I could only read up to page 44. I am a bibliophile and NEVER throw out books - this one made the cut and down the dumpster it went as it took up space on my bookshelves that I reserve for well written work.
Even a heterosexual should not waste their time on this book. The conversations are trite.These so called relationships are a farce.Was this book written by a lesbian or someone claiming to know anything about people of either gender? Read any book by RADCLYFFE and you will know about true lesbians.
I was disappointed. The cover suggested a narrative of 4 mature, chic lesbians who mirror life, its challenges and its inherent fun. Instead I met 4 pre adolescents who lack depth of character and sincerity. So does the writing style of Ms. Stocker. This is a train wreck of a novel where words crash against each other and leave the passengers (in this case the reader)with weary eyes. I always hope for good quality writing when picking up a novel about lesbian life but this certainly does not even come close.
Picked up "P-TOWN SUMMER" on a lark. I've never been to Provincetown, but if this is the kind of silly fun that goes on, I'm going!!!
Betty - Ft.Scott, Kansas
It was interesting to read this novel as a heterosexual. It represents the difficulties of all relationships, not just in the lesbian genre. The main characters are wonderfully written and I feel like they behold similarities to people in my life! It's a great "chick" book to read while sipping a pina colada on vacation and fantasizing about a warm Cape Cod day.