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Paperback, 5.5″x8.5″
235 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63381-137-9


by Jean Ayer (1924-2013)

Some resent the social code of the affluent Maine summer crowd, some buck the system, and some would die to escape it. One of the summer wives wants to be rid of her abusive husband, even to do away with him. These stories, precursors to Jean Ayer’s novel Dead Drunk, are alive with resolve and a strong sense of place.



Jean Ayer, after a career as a cartoonist and fashion illustrator, raised a family in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she wrote fiction. Her husband, however, did not allow her enough time for writing, so she took up painting. After her divorce, she studied creative writing, attained an MFA from Columbia, and finished the work she had started years before.