Review of Naked Summer
People say that short stories are not moneymakers for writers and they’re probably right. That’s a shame though because some of the best stories I’ve read this year have been of the short variety. Today I finished reading Andrew Scott’s Naked Summer and I’m feeling very content. His solid prose held strong in all nine of the collected stories. Most of the characters are caught between that almost-adult stage of college and their first jobs and use Indiana as a backdrop. The reality of making a living, building a relationship, and facing the mortality of one’s friends starts inching into their sub-consciousness and making itself a nuisance. Scott has an honest style – a Midwestern swagger, if you will – that is promising and I hope to see more stories and perhaps a novel from him soon. If you’re looking for something to read on a weekend getaway or just want to curl up with something satisfying, Naked Summer is a perfect choice.
Press 53, 2011
Andrew Scott’s writing has appeared in Esquire, The Cincinnati Review and other publications.