Published by Fomite Press January 18, 2022
From the author of the award-winning short story collection, To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts
Sarah Macmillan always puts family first, but she can’t quite stretch her arms wide enough to hold on to everyone as they all age: her career-minded, inattentive younger sister, Glennie; their grandparents, who are slowly fading; or a pregnancy Sarah desperately wanted. But it’s her tumultuous relationship with Glennie that makes Sarah feel the loneliest. She’d always believed that their relationship was foundational, even unbreakable. Though blessed with a happy marriage to Al, whose compassion and humor she admires, Sarah grows increasingly bitter about Glennie’s absences, until one decision forces them all to decide what family means—and who is family. Narrated by the chorus of their three voices, this elegantly told and deeply moving novel examines the pull of tradition, the power of legacies, and the fertile but fragile ground that is family, the first geography to shape our hearts.
I have to say that Caitlin Summie Hamilton has become a writer close to my very own heart. When reading her novel, expect to take your heart on a walk. She will touch places you may have forgotten you had. She may remind you of someone who has had to deal with what one of her characters is experiencing.
Hamilton is so extraordinary at touching your soul and expressing her characters in a way that you are feeling them immensely.
I was truly enamored with “Geographies of the Heart”!
I know I took part of my story in while reading, so I needed tissues. I have a feeling you may, too. #Tissues
Caitlin Hamilton Summie earned an MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University, and her short stories have been published in Beloit Fiction Journal, Wisconsin Review, Puerto del Sol, Mud Season Review, and Long Story, Short, and elsewhere. Her first book, an award-winning short story collection called TO LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS, was released in August 2017 by Fomite. Her first novel, GEOGRAPHIES OF THE HEART, is from Fomite just released January 2022. She spent many years in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Colorado before settling with her family in Knoxville, Tennessee. She co-owns the book marketing firm, Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, founded in 2003.
She is available to speak or lead workshops about book marketing & publicity or crafting short stories.
Caitlin’s Website: https://caitlinhamiltonsummie.com