Vanessa Lafaye was born in Tallahassee and raised in Tampa, Florida, where there were hurricanes most years. She first came to the UK in 1987 looking for adventure, and found it. After spells of living in Paris and Oxford, she now lives in Marlborough, Wiltshire, with her husband and three furry children. Vanessa leads the local community choir, and music and writing are big parts of her life.
Portmadog Library Reading Group put themselves forward to read and review Vanessa Lafaye’s Summertime, a powerfully emotional and gripping debut novel about a small town already divided by race having to face the deadliest of hurricanes.
Vanessa Lafaye’s stunning novel Summertime is set to be the biggest debut of the year. It’s a beautiful and horrifying fictionalised account of one of the most devastating natural disasters in US history, the Labour Day Hurricane 1935. Read the shocking opening chapter right now . . .
The Reading Agency’s National Reading Group Day is celebrating debut fiction this year, and have launched the Newcomer of 2015 promotion – and we’re thrilled that two of our Orion authors are nominated!
Vanessa Lafaye tells us how writing her début novel Summertime helped her to cope with her second cancer diagnosis.
Vanessa Lafaye introduces us to her debut novel Summertime and the real-life tragedy that inspired it.