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Lee Mandelo

Summer Sons

Lee Mandelo (he/they) is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose fields of interest include speculative and queer fiction, especially when the two coincide. Summer Sons, their debut novel, is a contemporary southern gothic; their other work can be found in magazines such as Tor.com, Uncanny, and Nightmare. Aside from a brief stint overseas learning to speak Scouse, Mandelo has spent their life ranging across Kentucky, currently living in Lexington and pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky.  

Summer Sons weaves codependent college boys, fast cars, dark inheritances, and academic intrigue together with equal parts spooky ghost story and exploration of grief and masculinity. Andrew loses his closest friend Eddie to an apparent suicide a handful of days before Andrew is due to join Eddie in Nashville at Vanderbilt; Andrew comes south to search for answers about what happened to him. Eddie has left him a house with a stranger for a roommate, a pack of unruly and dangerous new friends, and a very nasty haunting—which leads Andrew to suspect there’s more to his death than everyone else believes.

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October 22, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Saturday

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Lydia Conklin + Lee Mandelo

In the exuberant story collection Rainbow Rainbow, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters seek love and connection in hilarious and heart-rending stories that reflect the complexity of our current moment. A nonbinary writer on the eve of top surgery enters into a risky affair during the height of COVID, a lesbian couple enlists a close friend as a sperm donor, and a lonely office worker struggling with their gender identity chaperones their nephew to a trans YouTube convention.

Summer Sons weaves codependent college boys, fast cars, dark inheritances, and academic intrigue together with equal parts spooky ghost story and exploration of grief and masculinity. Andrew loses his closest friend Eddie to an apparent suicide a handful of days before Andrew is due to join Eddie in Nashville at Vanderbilt; Andrew comes south to search for answers about what happened to him. Eddie has left him a house with a stranger for a roommate, a pack of unruly and dangerous new friends, and a nasty haunting—which leads Andrew to suspect there’s more to his death than everyone else believes.

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