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Lofters’ storytelling invites you back into the past to relay a tale of a different world.

Sophistries of Summer Days follows the life of young Cherrimina into adulthood.

Set in the West Indies from the 1930s onward, Lofters captures life on a small, sunny isle; how sheltered the islanders’ lives are and how they change.

Cherrimina’s life is altered first by Dove’s arrival and then again as her home is drawn into the Second World War after British troops set up base, and boys she grew up around are deployed overseas.

Cherrimina’s story is one of discovery, loss, grief and transition. Lofters’ writing is a stunning ode to the beauty of the Caribbean even when it reveals the frightening power held over the island by storms, religion and Mother Woman.

The sentiments shared through Cherrimina’s voice are universal and demonstrate how uneven the path of healing is. Lofters also explores sexuality - how it frightened Cherrimina as a young girl, how it almost cost Dove her life, and how even twenty two years after her departure, Cherrimina feels punished for the choices she has made in life.

Sophistries of Summer Days is excellent storytelling; the novel invites you back into the past to relay a tale of a different world. A world bursting with both heartache and promise, ready to shape the one we live in now.

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I am a writer, editor and English teacher based in the UK. I have self-published two poetry collections (Between the Trees and Flowers on the Wall). I enjoy reviewing poetry, short stories, literary fiction and historical fiction as well as working as a freelance editor and proofreader.

Sophistries of Summer Days

About the author

Jenny Lofters’s work explores the triumph of the human spirit over the hardships and obstacles of life. Her love of the West Indies and its history and culture informs her writing. Her first short story had been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Ernest Hemingway Short Story Contest. view profile

Published on March 01, 2019

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80000 words

Genre: Literary Fiction

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