A Week at Surfside Beach
Author: Pierce Koslosky Jr.
Genre: Short Stories
First Published: June 9, 2020
Length: 242 pages
A Week at Surfside Beach is a sweet collection of short stories inspired by real guest-book entries at the author’s beachfront rental home in South Carolina. The fictional stories cover a six-month period of consecutive weeks, each one giving the reader a glimpse into that week’s vacationers stay at Portofino II 317C and a tiny peek into their lives and personal relationships.
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Thousands of families and individuals are attracted to the South Carolina coast each year, renting houses up and down the beach throughout the seasons. They bring their lives with them when they come to this magical place. In A Week at Surfside Beach, author Pierce Koslosky Jr. has crafted sixteen poignant short stories that paint a vivid portrait of the beach’s diverse, temporary inhabitants: those people attracted to a landscape both beautiful and overwhelming in its ability to force introspection and change. Set over the course of a single rental season that ends at Christmas, the book’s unrelated characters all have their stays in the blue beach house, yet each story has a distinct message at its core. Readers will follow people in every stage of life—from a six-year-old entering the imaginary world of crabs to an escapee from a retirement home—and witness their varied individual experiences. These are stories of hope and redemption, connection and detachment, and lessons taught and learned. Both original and contemplative, heartbreaking and inspirational, A Week at Surfside Beach brings together a collection of tales with seemingly ordinary, simple, and familiar details—yet underneath their calm, relatable surfaces exist the uncomfortable, extraordinary complexities of life