Amy Mason Doan: Summer Hours
Amy Mason Doan's second novel, Summer Hours, is set in the mid '90s and 2008 and revolves around a secret affair, the summer it all unravels, and the reunion a decade later that will be one woman's happy ending or her biggest mistake. Becc was the good girl: a dedicated student, an aspiring reporter, always where she was supposed to be. That is, until a secret affair with the charming Cal one summer in college cost her everything she held dear: her journalism dreams; her relationship with her best friend, Eric; and her carefully imagined future. Summer Hours is a warmly told novel about the idealism of youth, the seductive power of nostalgia and what happens when you realize you haven't become the person you'd always promised to be. Jamie Brenner calls it "A beautifully crafted story of love, ambition, and friendship."
Amy Mason Doan earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MA in journalism from Stanford University. She has written for The Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes, among other publications. She grew up in Danville, California, and now lives in Portland with her husband and daughter. She launched her debut novel, The Summer List, at Broadway Books last summer.