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.

"The real thing." - Boston Globe"Dazzling." - Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

 An "intensely psychological tale." - Booklist (starred review)

"Innovative." - Kirkus

"Beautifully rendered." - Salon

"Tragic ineluctability." - New York Sun

More Thoughts on The Last Summer of the World:

The New York Times
New York Social Diary
New York Public Library Young Lions Awards
Book Buffs Book Club Selection 2007
Chicago Tribune (paper only)
GMU Mercer Library Recommendations
Curled Up with a Good Book
Library Journal (subscription required)
Modern Romance
Syntax of Things

Short Fiction by Emily Mitchell

"States" in Ploughshares
"Folktales of North America" in TriQuarterly
"Lucille's House" and "On Friendship" in New England Review
"Five Serrated Dreams" in AGNI Online
"The Vanishing Bicycle" in Raritan
"Fighter Plotter" in Indiana Review

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New York TImes Book Review by Emily Mitchell of Sarah Manguso's The Two Kinds of Decay

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Book Summary

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...