In Eric Gabriel Lehman's luminous and compelling novel, Summer's House, three characters who each inhabit a very different aspect of New York City each find themselves searching for a place where they truly belong. Raymond, an overly cerebral seventeen-year-old, has decided it's time for him to fall in love yet struggles with his own desires. Jerome is an unrecognized poet obsessed with the woman who threw him out when he uncovered her past. Raymond's Uncle Lester, an uncomfortable suburbanite, is tormented by his failing business and his wife's obscene caller. One hot summer in the 1970's, their lives intersect, collide, pull apart and irreversibly change.