Craig, a forty year-old stock trader in Chicago, finds his marriage teetering
on the rocks and his life at a standstill. Desperate and on the edge of
personal collapse, Adam takes the advice of a therapist and travels to his childhood
family compound on Black Bear Lake with hopes of making peace with his past.
Stepping onto the northern Wisconsin property, he relives the painful memories
of the summer of 1983, his last summer at the lake.
August 1983, a self-conscious fifteen year-old Adam carries a world of worry on
his shoulders as he arrives at Black Bear Lake for a month long family reunion.
Between anger and fear of mother’s declining health as she quietly battles a
quickly spreading cancer and his cherished cousin’s depression over her
parents’ bitter divorce, Adam is swept up in smothering familial love among the
multiple generations and heartbreaking misunderstanding and betrayal. The
arrival of a sensual but troublesome babysitter throws the delicate balance of
his family into a tailspin. Blinded by his attraction to the newcomer, Adam
fails to see his cousin's desperate cries for help and the charged electrical
current running through his family's hierarchy. Crushed in the middle of it
all, Adam is forced to learn that there's a fine line between self-preservation
and the strength of family blood, all the while unaware of the impending
tragedy that will ultimately change his life forever.
Leslie Liautaud is the author of Midnight
Waltzes (2006), He Is Us (2008), The Wreck (2009), SALIGIA (2011), The Mansion
(2012) and Summer Nights and Dreams (2012). She is also the author of the
coming-of-age novel, Black Bear Lake (CreateSpace Independent Publishing,
Leslie is originally from Kansas City, MO
where she worked in the performing arts. Currently, she divides her time
between between Key Largo, FL and Champaign, IL with her husband, three teenage
children and three rambunctious dogs.