Summers on the Nebraska Shore

Summers on the Nebraska Shore

by Mr. John M. McNamara


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Summers on the Nebraska Shore by Mr. John M. McNamara

Summers on the Nebraska Shore explores the dynamics and fluid nature of family. Love, passion and loss feature prominently. Edwin Garside, a successful novelist, reviews his nomadic life, second-guessing many of his decisions, establishing a writer's retreat as a tool for both solidifying his literary legacy and his connections with his family; goals he learns are entwined.

The theme of isolation peppers his many novels and the notion of retreating to his family's farmstead, but surrounding himself with young writers and family, stirs within him a desire to reclaim, or rediscover, those links and connections he abandoned decades earlier. A lover's absence influences every decision, every nuance of his actions. But when his dream is destroyed, he steps back and examines the plans he had formulated. He shifts, refocuses on what now seems more important to him: family. He stops trying so hard to cement those bonds and instead places himself within their sphere, allowing relationships to grow more organically, less forced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974357512
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2017
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

John M. McNamara's short fiction has been published in Crosscurrents, Old Hickory Review, the Piedmont Literary Review, the Minotaur, Snapdragon, Four Quarters, FlashFiction, Quick Fiction, Bear River Review, Inside Running, Prairie Light Review, and Hypertext Magazine. His short story, "Testimony," won first prize in the College of DuPage 2016 Writer's Read Emerging Voices contest. In the summer of 1999, he was awarded a professional artist residency at the OxBow Summer Arts Program for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck, Michigan.

He is the author of the novels A Life Without Grace; A Final Reflection; Hunter's War, A Novella, and Selected Short Stories; Harmony House; The Dreams of Teddy Schreck; Madonna; and The Unabridged Songwriter, all available from

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