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                                ... her family was an open book, without secrets. Even as a child, Barbara Jean Ellington knew her grandmothers were lesbians, a truth they never concealed. During BJ’s summer vacations at their home on Blue Lake, Nonna and Lena taught her to swim and play cards, provided a lively contrast to BJ’s conservative parents, and comforted BJ when her first summer romance ended abruptly and without reason. Now, years later 

Jill Althouse-Wood, author of the novel SUMMERS AT BLUE LAKE, is both a writer and an artist. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. Before quitting her job to make art and meaning, Jill worked for 15 years as a fabric designer.

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detail of painting by Linda Celestian.

"Characterization is exceptional; both grandmothers sparkle. Spikes of humor, brilliant descriptive passages . . . all contribute to a memorable thought-provoking novel."  VOYA

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