The Last Summer of the World | A Novel by Emily Mitchell
The Last Summer of the World is Emily Mitchell's debut novel about American photographer Edward Steichen, following Steichen's experiences of art and love during World War I. Named A Best Book of 2007 by Providence Journal, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Madison Capitol Times, The Last Summer of the World was a Finalist for The Young Lions Award from the New York Public Library.
An "intensely psychological tale." - Booklist (starred review)
"Innovative." - Kirkus
"Beautifully rendered." - Salon
"Tragic ineluctability." - New York Sun
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In the summer of 1918, with the Germans threatening Paris, Edward Steichen arrives in France to photograph the war for the American army. France is full of poignant memories for him: early artistic successes, marriage, the births of two daughters, and a love affair that divided his family. It is also where he was forced to abandon his paintings, photographs and negatives -- his entire life's work -- when the war began...