The Summer of My 15th Year
By Geri Spencer Hunter
(2016 Wheatley Book Awards Finalist)
When eighty-six year old Etta Mae Netter sits down to record her personal history, she releases a torrent of closely held family secrets that threaten to engulf her. The author deftly draws us into the lives of the Netters, a black family living what appears to be an idyllic life in a small Iowa town during the tight times of the late 1930's. She takes us back to that summer when fifteen-year old Etta and of her family awaited the return from college of the golden boy, Charleston Epstein Netter. With clean, clear prose, and unflinching gaze, Hunter brilliantly explores and ultimately exposes the secret born that summer, a secret that brings a whole family to its knees. Seventy-one years later, the pain that never left is finally exorcised by the telling.
Geri Spencer Hunter is a native Iowan and a graduate of The University of Iowa College of Nursing (BSN, RN, PHN). She has been published in numerous anthologies. Her debut novel, “Polkadots” was published in 1998. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lives in Sacramento, California with her husband, ‘Hunter’, a retired Mechanical Engineer.
THE WHEATLEY BOOK AWARDS: This annual award, named for the first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work and literary advocacy that transcends culture, boundary, and perception. The prestigious award is presented during the annual Harlem Book Fair in New York. For more info visit: http://www.harlembookfair.com/#!2016-wheatley-awards-finalists/c44c